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Region 4 News Release: 11-1310-ATL (433)
Sept. 13, 2011
Contact: Michael D'Aquino      Michael Wald
Phone: 404-562-2076      404-562-2078
Email: d'aquino.michael@dol.gov      wald.michael@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites 3 contractors at US Marine Corps
Logistic Base in Albany, Ga., for crane and trenching violations
Proposed fines total nearly $190,000 following electrical shock injury to worker

ALBANY, Ga. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Piedmont Mechanical Inc., Jim Boyd Construction Inc. and Chevron Energy Solutions Inc. for safety hazards after a worker received burns from an electrical shock during the installation of a new landfill gas processing and compression facility at the U.S. Marine Corps Logistic Base in Albany.

OSHA cited a total of three willful and eight serious safety violations with proposed penalties of $189,700 following an inspection begun in March after the incident, in which the boom tip of a crane contacted an overhead power line with a carrying capacity of more than 12,000 volts. Electricity traveled down the crane through a line that was connected to the load being moved by the crane and shocked the employee on the ground, who was holding the line.

Piedmont Mechanical was cited for one willful violation with a $56,000 penalty for failing to determine whether any part of the crane could get closer than 20 feet to the overhead energized power line, exposing workers to an electrical shock hazard. The company also was cited for two serious crane-related violations, one with a $3,500 penalty for positioning the crane on soil that was not sufficiently secure to support its weight and another with a $2,800 penalty for failing to inspect the crane before beginning the day's operations.

OSHA cited all