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Region 1 News Release: 11-1093-BOS/BOS 2011-274
Aug. 1, 2011
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074
Email: fitzgerald.edmund@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites North Kingstown, RI, rigging
manufacturer for 18 serious safety violations following worker's death

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Composite Rigging Ltd. and Co., a manufacturer of carbon fiber sailboat rigging, for 18 alleged serious violations of workplace safety standards following the March 15 death of a worker at its North Kingstown facility.

Two employees were performing work on a rigging cable that had been placed in a test bed and tensioned. During this procedure, a sling holding the cable in place failed, causing the cable to shoot across the room and strike the two workers, one fatally. OSHA found that the test bed guards were not utilized to prevent employees from being struck by the cable.

"Proper guarding would have kept these workers from being struck," said Patrick Griffin, OSHA's Rhode Island area director. "I call upon Rhode Island employers using similar equipment to examine it, and if necessary, take preventive measures so that similar incidents with tragic consequences do not happen again."

OSHA's inspection also identified several other hazardous conditions at the facility that were unrelated to the accident. These included unguarded or inadequately guarded grinders, lathes and fans; misused electrical equipment; a powered industrial truck modified without the manufacturer's approval; lack of daily examinations of a powered industrial truck for defects; no suitable quick-drenching facilities for employees working with corrosive materials; lack of a written respiratory protection program