Boat Maker Facing Safety Fines

Monday, July 25, 2016 @ 03:07 PM gHale


Chaparral Boats Inc. is facing $47,000 in fines 3 safety violations at its Nashville, GA, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA investigators issued citations to the manufacturer of fiberglass boats for one repeated and two serious safety violations. OSHA initiated the follow-up inspection prompted by serious citations the agency issued in July 2013.

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OSHA issued the repeated citation for exposing employees to dust particulates above the permissible exposure limit. The agency cited the company for the same violation at this facility in December 2013.

The serious violations include failure to provide medical evaluations for employees required to wear respiratory protection and not implementing engineering/administrative controls to minimize exposure to airborne particulates.

“Like all employers, Chaparral Boats has the obligation to protect workers from known safety and health hazards such as excessive dust from cutting and grinding operations. Failing to do so can lead to long-term respiratory disease,” said Kimberly Austin acting director of OSHA’s Savannah Area Office. “All employers should take steps to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control potential health hazards in their workplace.”