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Shellfish processor, temp agency fined in worker’s death

Federal officials fined a New Bedford shellfish processing plant and the temporary employment agency that supplied its workers a total of $44,000 for safety violations that contributed to a worker’s death earlier this year, a penalty that advocates decried as a slap on the wrist.

Victor Gerena, 35, a father of five, died shortly after midnight on Jan. 16 after he became entangled in a rotary turbine engine while cleaning jammed clams from a shucking machine. Power to the engine should have been shut off, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration said.

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