Detyens Shipyards Inc. was cited by Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing employees to workplace safety hazards.
OSHA issued 15 citations for fall, electrical and amputation hazards, according to the Department of Labor.
We’re told a comprehensive inspection of the facility was completed on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 as a part of a Regional Emphasis Program on Maritime Industries.
An investigation revealed safety officials issued Detyens one repeated, 13 serious, and one-other-than serious citation for exposing workers to safety hazards.
– not ensuring wire rope guardrails were pulled tight to prevent workers from falling overboard
– allowing workers to use forklifts with broken safety equipment
– blocked exit doors
– not providing welding screens for arc welders
– exposing workers to electrical hazards
– exposing workers to saws and other machinery that lacked safety guards
– an exit not clearly marked
We’ve learned OSHA has inspected the Shipyard 12 times since 2005 and has cited more than 40 violations, according to a press release.
“I am concerned that this company is promoting a ‘pristine safety record,’ yet continues to violate OSHA standards that date back to 1973,” said Darlene Fossum OSHA’s area director in Columbia. “Management must take immediate action to eliminate fall, electrical and other hazards identified during this inspection to protect its workers.”
The proposed penalties total $101,600.
News 2 has reached out to officials at Detyens Shipyards for a comment. We have not heard back from them as of yet.
Detyens Shipyards Inc. is the largest commercial shipyard on the East Coast and employs more than 450 workers. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, request a conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.