The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Pascagoula, Miss., shipyard for 50 safety violations and has proposed penalties of $176,444. According to OSHA, the penalties against Huntington Ingalls Industries and five subcontractors come from a June inspection after receiving a complaint about safety hazards. Huntington Ingalls was cited for violations carrying penalties of $166,300. The violations found by OSHA included: blocked exits; tripping and fall hazards; allowing lead, arsenic and cadmium dust to accumulate in a lunch area; and the dispensing of flammable liquids in improper containers.
Five subcontractors were cited for violations that included improper handling of compressed gas cylinders and other safety and electrical hazards. One subcontractor received no monetary penalty. Ingalls says it took this as an opportunity to make its operations safer. The company said in a statement:
The OSHA inspection was an opportunity for us to identify opportunities to further enhance our safety program. We monitor the safety of our shipyard and shipbuilders daily and we are focused on continually improving. In fact, injuries and lost time cases in Pascagoula are down in 2011 from 2010 by 15 and 8% respectively. Wherever possible, inspection citations were corrected immediately or corrective action plans were immediately implemented. We share OSHA’s commitment to the safety of our shipbuilders and appreciate this opportunity to further improve our safety program.
It’s good to see a company taking an OSHA citation and using it to improve safety practices. Hopefully, the intent is to actually do what the company says in the statement.
Source: Claims Journal
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