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According to a recent news release from the Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration a South Carolina Marine was cited for 32 safety and health violations with a proposed fine of more than $59,000.
All businesses should adhere to the regulations laid out by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration to ensure that workers remain safe in the workplace. Our Spartanburg worker’s compensation lawyers are committed to informing the public about dangerous working conditions and ways to remain safe in the work environment.
The news release from OSHA cited a total of 32 violations with 28 of those violations falling into the serious category. The serious violations include a litany of hazards that put workers in serious danger.
The Marine provides many services including boat repair, storage, cleaning, refitting, and dock rental.
A violation is classified as “serious” when there is a substantial Risk of death or serious physical injury could result from the violation that the employer knew or should have known about.
These serious violations include:
· Failure to develop and enact a printed respiratory protection program.
· Failure to evaluate and identify hazards to workers respiratory systems resulting from the workplace.
· Failure to develop and implement a written hazard communication program for employees to follow.
· Failure to designate a person capable of performing inspections and tests, such as air sampling in a confined space.
· Failure to require visual inspection of spaces containing dangerous or flammable liquids before employees initial entry.
· Failure to inform/train workers about the dangers associated with working in confined/enclosed spaces.
· Failure to institute an internal rescue team.
· Failure to make arrangements with an external agency for rapid emergency response.
· Failure to identify the possible hazards that necessitate the use of personal protective gear.
· Failure to enforce rules that require industrial truck operators to wear seat belts.
· Allowance of workers to use equipment without proper instruction.
· Using compressed air for cleaning that exceeds 30 pounds-per-square inch.
· Failure to ensure a first aid provider is accessible during each shift.
· Failure to have a printed fire safety procedure.
· A lack of equipment safeguarding.
· Multiple instances of explosion and electrical hazards.
The Marine was also charged with non-serious violations that result in a $400 fine per citation. Non-serious violations occur when a hazard has a direct relationship to health and safety on the job but would likely not cause serious physical harm or death.
Some of these violations include the failure to have a glass cover over the pressure gauge on air compressors; failure to post “no smoking” signs in the paint spray area; and the failure to have running hot water available in the bathroom.
The Marine will have 15 business days from the date of receipt of the violations and proposed fines to comply, contest the violations before an independent council, or request a meeting with the local OSHA director.
Contact our Carolina worker’s compensation attorneys today by calling 800-887-1965.
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