OSHA Slams Guam Shipyard

"Both the number and seriousness of safety and health violations we identified during our inspection are cause for grave concern," said Galen Lemke, director of OSHA's Honolulu Area Office.

OSHA announced it has cited Guam Industrial Services Inc. in Santa Rita, doing business as Guam Shipyard, for 61 alleged violations of workplace safety and health standards and proposed $293,450 after an inspection conducted by OSHA's Honolulu Area Office between January and February under the Local Emphasis Program for Shipyards. The alleged violations include 46 serious, seven repeat, and eight other-than-serious violations.

"Both the number and seriousness of safety and health violations we identified during our inspection are cause for grave concern," said Galen Lemke, director of that office. "We hope the results of our inspection will serve as a wake-up call, not only for this employer but for others, about the importance of ensuring workplace safety and health for workers in Guam's maritime industry."

The violations stem from electrical to lockout/tagout, respiratory protection, failure to maintain good housekeeping practices, and failure to check, inspect, and maintain portable fire extinguishers.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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