OSHA Cites Oregon Shipbuilder

OSHA has issued $370,358 in proposed penalties to Vigor Marine Inc. and cited the company for 16 willful and serious violations following an inspection at the shipbuilder's Portland, Ore., facility.

OSHA this week announce it has cited Vigor Marine Inc. for 16 willful and serious violations following an inspection at the shipbuilder's Portland, Ore., facility. OSHA has issued $370,358 in proposed penalties in the case.

The agency investigated the facility after receiving employee complaints of workplace hazards while performing hot work in the engine room of a passenger ferry and reported that its inspectors determined that the company allowed employees to work on energized circuit boxes; failed to conduct fit testing and medical evaluations before providing respirators or to implement an effective hearing conservation program; and failed to make sure employees wore seat belts when operating powered industrial trucks.

According to OSHA's news release, Oregon and Alaska workplace safety and health agencies have cited the company with similar violations at its facilities in those states.

"This employer's failure to monitor work areas for the presence of hazards and implement effective controls is putting their employees at risk for serious injuries," observed OSHA Seattle Area Office Director Cecil Tipton.

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