Ship Builder Faces Safety Fines

Friday, August 17, 2018 @ 02:08 PM gHale

Vigor Marine Inc. is facing $370,358 in fines for 16 willful and serious violations following an inspection at the shipbuilder’s Portland, Oregon, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Investigators visited the facility after receiving employee complaints of workplace hazards while performing hot work in the engine room of a passenger ferry.

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Inspectors determined the company allowed employees to work on energized circuit boxes; failed to conduct fit-testing and medical evaluations before providing respirators and implement an effective hearing conservation program; and failed to make sure employees wore seat belts when operating powered industrial trucks.

Oregon and Alaska workplace safety and health agencies have also cited the company with similar violations at its facilities in those states.

“This employer’s failure to monitor work areas for the presence of hazards, and implement effective controls is putting their employees at risk for serious injuries,” said OSHA Seattle Area Office Director Cecil Tipton.

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