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Region 1 News Release: 08-1434-BOS/BOS 2008-307
Mon., Oct. 20, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074


U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA proposes $108,000 in fines against New London, Conn., shipyard and ship repair facility

HARTFORD, Conn. - Thames Shipyard and Repair Co., a New London, Conn., shipyard and repair facility, faces $108,000 in proposed fines from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after being cited for 43 alleged serious violations of safety and health standards.

The citations and fines follow safety and health inspections conducted under an OSHA program that targets inspections to workplaces with higher than average injury and illness rates. 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.

"The breadth and number of hazardous conditions cited at this workplace reflect the need for this employer to take aggressive, effective and ongoing action to identify, address and eliminate them," said C. William Freeman III, OSHA's area director in Hartford. "Left uncorrected, these conditions expose employees to the ongoing threats of electrocution, lacerations, amputations, fires, falls, chemical burns, hearing loss and crushing hazards."

Specifically, OSHA identified numerous instances of electrical hazards including inadequate personal protective equipment; ungrounded, exposed, damage