Boat Maker Faces Safety Fines

Monday, June 6, 2016 @ 01:06 PM gHale

Boat manufacturer, Nautic Star LLC, is facing $66,105 in fines for 23 safety and health violations at its Armory, MS, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA issued citations to the employer on June 2 for 15 serious and eight other-than-serious safety and health violations.

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OSHA initiated an inspection as part of the agency’s Regional Emphasis Program for Programmed Maritime Inspections.

The employer received serious violations for the following hazards:
• Failing to provide energy-control training to protect workers from machine start ups during repairs or maintenance
• Not providing hazard communication training
• Failing to cover 55-gallon barrels that contain flammable liquids
• Several electrical deficiencies such as receptacles not having cover plates, extension cords without a ground prong and electrical equipment not approved areas containing flammable or combustible vapors
• Failing to ensure paint booths and spray areas were not covered with combustible paper
The other violations include not labeling buckets that contain paint residue and modifying electric hand trucks without manufacturer’s permission.

“Employers should not wait for an OSHA inspection to identify fire, explosion and electric shock hazards as well as those associated with flammable and combustible chemicals in the workplace,” said Eugene Stewart, OSHA’s area director in the Jackson Office. “Nautic Star must take immediate action to protect workers at this facility from serious injury or death.”

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