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Mount Olive company fined for worker's electrocution death

Posted October 12, 2021 2:48 p.m. EDT
Updated October 13, 2021 12:50 p.m. EDT

A worker was electrocuted at Cashwell & Jones, a seed company in Mount Olive, on April 14, 2021.

— A North Carolina agency has cited a company after a worker was electrocuted and two others were injured in April.

The state Department of Labor said it found two serious violations against Cashwell & Jones, near Mount Olive, and fined the company $9,000, WITN reported.

Francisco Sanchez, known to his friends as "Pancho," and two other men were putting up a flagpole outside Cashwell & Jones on April 15 when the pole came in contact with a power line, authorities said. Sanchez was killed, and the others suffered serious burns.

Cashwell & Jones and its parent company, Harvey Fertilizer and Gas, have 15 days to pay the fine, request an informal conference with the labor department, or appeal the fine.

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