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DOL: OSHA cites shipyards for safety hazards; more than $100K in penalties

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) --{}Detyens Shipyards was issued 15 citations for{}fall, electrical and amputation hazards in the workplace by the{}Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to Department of Labor officials.The shipyards, located in North Charleston, was inspected by OSHA in December and received{}one repeated, 13 serious, and one other-than-serious citation for exposing workers to safety hazards."I am concerned that this company is promoting a 'pristine safety record,' yet continues to violate OSHA standards that date back to 1973," said Darlene Fossum OSHA's area director in Columbia. "Management must take immediate action to eliminate fall, electrical and other hazards identified during this inspection to protect its workers."Violations included:
  • Not ensuring wire rope guardrails were pulled tight to prevent workers from falling overboard
  • Allowing workers to use forklifts with broken safety equipment
  • Blocked exit doors
  • Not providing welding screens for arc welders
  • Exposing workers to electrical hazards
  • Exposing workers to saws and other machinery that lacked safety guards{}
  • An exit not being clearly marked
According to DOL officials,{}Detyens Shipyards, the largest commercial shipyard on the East Coast employing more than 450 workers, has been inspected by OSHA 12 times since 2005 and has been cited for more than 40 violations.The proposed penalties total $101,600.To see the citations in full, click here.ABC News 4 has reached out to Detyens officials for comment. We will update this story if they respond.
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