Marine Transportation Firm Cited for Slew of Safety Hazards

OSHA’s inspection, which began Oct. 4, 2010, found serious violations including the company’s failure to dike a fuel tank, ensure the bi-directional alarm on a powered industrial truck was not defective, and examine industrial trucks before they were put in service.

OSHA has cited C & C Marine Maintenance Co. with 13 serious safety violations at its Wellsburg, W.Va., facility. Proposed penalties total $45,900.

“The lack of employee protections against workplace hazards is unacceptable,” said Prentice Cline, director of OSHA’s Charleston Area Office. “It is vital that the company address all of the identified hazards to ensure that employees have a safe and healthy work environment.”

OSHA’s inspection, which began Oct. 4, 2010, found serious violations including the company’s failure to dike a fuel tank, ensure the bi-directional alarm on a powered industrial truck was not defective, examine industrial trucks before they were put in service, place a fire extinguisher in the crane cab, label electrical disconnect switches, complete material safety data sheets for hazardous materials on site, label containers of hazardous materials, properly cover open hatchways to prevent fall and tripping hazards, inspect and certify cranes, provide inspection dates on chain slings, use fire extinguishing equipment during welding operations, provide fire extinguisher training, and keep the work area uncluttered and free from obstructions.

C & C Marine Maintenance Co., based in Houston, Pa., provides marine transportation of bulk cargoes, and performs ship and vessel repairs. The company operates facilities in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

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