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Region 1 News Release: 11-1622-BOS/BOS 2011-388
Dec. 1, 2011
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074
Email: fitzgerald.edmund@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites North Kingstown, RI, shipyard
for repeat and serious safety hazards, proposes more than $62,000 in fines

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Senesco Marine LLC for alleged serious and repeat violations of workplace safety standards. The North Kingstown shipyard faces a total of $62,700 in proposed fines following an inspection conducted under OSHA's Site-Specific Targeting Program, which directs inspections toward workplaces with a rate of workdays lost due to injuries and illnesses that is higher than the industry average.

The inspection by OSHA's Providence Area Office identified a variety of mechanical, electrical and exit hazards at the shipyard. These included a locked emergency exit, an inadequately guarded grinder, an ungrounded electrical cord, the lack of an emergency eyewash, an unattended powered industrial truck left with its motor running and its brake not secured, and a failure to provide annual respirator fit-testing for all members of the company's emergency response team. As a result of these conditions, OSHA issued citations to Senesco Marine for eight serious violations, carrying $35,200 in proposed fines. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

The shipyard also was cited for one repeat violation, with a fine of $27,500, for unguarded points of operation on a press brake and an ironworker machine. OSHA cited similar hazards at the shipyard following a 2007 inspection. A repeat violation exists