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OSHA ISSUES CITATIONS, PROPOSES PENALTIES TOTALING $692,000 AGAINST JACKSONVILLE, FLA., SHIPYARD FIRM IN INVESTIGATION OF TWO WORKER DEATHS

 OSHA ISSUES CITATIONS, PROPOSES PENALTIES TOTALING $692,000 AGAINST JACKSONVILLE, FLA., SHIPYARD FIRM IN INVESTIGATION OF TWO WORKER DEATHS
 ATLANTA, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued citations for alleged willful, serious and repeat safety violations and proposed penalties totaling $692,000 against Jacksonville Shipyards, Inc., following an investigation of a crane accident in which two workers were killed.
 The workers were killed when they fell 74 feet to the deck of the U.S. Navy ship USS Philippine Sea from a crane-suspended personnel platform at the Mayport, Fla., shipyard on Aug. 14, 1991. They were part of a crew wrapping the radar antenna to protect it from nearby painting operations. They were not wearing safety belts with lanyards attached and were ejected from the crane-suspended platform when it fell, struck an obstruction, and tilted.
 Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor Dorothy L. Strunk, who administers OSHA, said: "This is a particularly serious case. The company did not require its employees to wear safety belts while they were in these crane-suspended platforms, and there were other very dangerous safety violations in this particular operation.
 "In addition, the company has a past history of other fatal accidents and previous OSHA citations for willful, repeat and serious violations."
 Jacksonville Shipyards conducts ship repair operations for the maritime industry as well as for the U.S. Navy at three facilities in the Jacksonville, Fla., area. There are about 160 employees in the Mayport yard.
 Since February 1980, the company has been the subject of 31 compliance inspections at the three facilities. Of these, 17 were initiated in response to employee complaints or referrals while four were fatality investigations, including the latest investigation.
 In one inspection, the company received a citation for not requiring employees to wear safety belts while in a crane-suspended personnel platform. A formal settlement agreement on Nov. 6, 1990, affirmed this item and the company's acceptance of the safety belt requirement, OSHA said.
 The latest investigation resulted in six alleged willful violations. Four were for not requiring safety belts for the four employees who were hoisted in the crane-suspended personnel platform to the radar antenna (two were on the antenna when the platform fell and were not injured); one was for failure to have an operable drum turn indicator on the crane, and one was for failure to have an anti-two-block safety device on the crane. The maximum penalty of $70,000 was proposed for each violation.
 Willful violations are those committed with an intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and regulation.
 A serious violation is defined as one in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result, and the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.
 Jacksonville Shipyards has 15 working days to contest today's citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
 Fact sheet with summary of citations and proposed penalties follows.
 FACT SHEET
 JACKSONVILLE SHIPYARDS, INC.
 Summary of Citations and Proposed Penalties
 ALLEGED WILLFUL VIOLATIONS
 -- Four instances of failure to require employees to use safety belts when being hoisted in crane suspended personnel platform ($70,000 each)
 $280,000
 -- Failure to have operable drum turn indicator on crane $ 70,000
 -- Failure to have anti-two-block safety device on crane $ 70,000
 Total Proposed Penalties for Alleged Willful Violations $420,000
 ALLEGED REPEAT VIOLATIONS
 -- Improper recordkeeping of occupational injuries and illnesses
 $ 5,000
 -- No monthly inspections of wire rope $ 35,000
 -- No daily inspections of slings $ 35,000
 -- Four instances of violations of machine guarding requirements --
unguarded shears and press brake $ 35,000
 -- Improper railings on personnel platform $ 70,000
 -- Lack of hazard communication training $ 35,000
 Total Proposed Penalties for Alleged Repeat Violations $215,000
 ALLEGED SERIOUS VIOLATIONS
 -- Improper guard rails $ 7,000
 -- No lockout/tagout program $ 7,000
 -- No rated load on overhead crane and no monthly inspection
of wire rope $ 7,000
 -- Load rating chart not visible $ 7,000
 -- No record of monthly inspections $ 7,000
 -- Seven instances of lack of material safety data sheets$ 7,000
 -- Two instances of unguarded drum heads $ 7,000
 -- Improperly trained crane operator $ 7,000
 Total Proposed Penalties for Alleged Serious Violations $ 56,000
 ALLEGED OTHER THAN SERIOUS VIOLATIONS
 -- Two instances of improper recordkeeping of annual summary of
occupational injuries and illnesses $ 1,000
 GRAND TOTAL OF PROPOSED PENALTIES $692,000
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 /CONTACT: Frank Kane of the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 202-523-8151 (office) or 703-360-7080 (after hours)/ CO: Jacksonville Shipyards, Inc.; United States Department of Labor
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