Seward Ship's Drydock Inc. Faces $87,000 in OSHA Penalties

OSHA has cited Seward Ship's Drydock Inc. for alleged willful, serious and repeat violations of safety and health standards at its ship repair facility in Seward, Alaska. The company faces a total of $87,300 in proposed fines.

OSHA investigated after receiving a complaint concerning working conditions in the confined spaces and voids of the dredging barge Paula Lee and determining a possible imminent danger situation existed at the worksite.

"When an employer is indifferent to its OSHA Act obligation to provide a safe workplace, OSHA will use its full enforcement authority to change that attitude," said Richard S. Terrill, OSHA regional administrator in Seattle.

OSHA's inspection found a willful violation involving lack of gas testing of confined work spaces; nine serious violations involving tripping hazards, respiratory protection hazards, electrical hazards, struck-by hazards from compressed air equipment, struck-by hazards from the use of damaged hooks and slings, drowning hazards, recording of air monitoring results, and the lack of fire watch when required by specific instructions; and three repeat violations due to the continuing use of damaged welding leads and cables, damaged ladders, and fall hazards as a result of unguarded flush open hatches.

OSHA defines a willful violation as one committed with plain indifference to or intentional disregard of worker safety and health. OSHA issues serious citations when death or serious physical harm is likely to result from hazards about which the employer knew or should have known and repeat citations are issued for violations that were also cited during previous inspections.

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