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Region 4 News Release: 11-1764-ATL (598)
Dec. 22, 2011
Contact: Michael D'Aquino      Michael Wald
Phone: 404-562-2076      404-562-2078
Email: d'aquino.michael@dol.gov      wald.michael@dol.gov

Tennessee manufacturer cited by US Labor Department's OSHA
for safety and health violations following worker fatality
Second worker injured in explosion on pontoon dredge

MILLERSVILLE, Tenn. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Millersville-headquartered Dredge & Marine Co. LLC for 12 safety and health violations. OSHA opened an inspection following a July incident in which one worker died and another was severely burned when a spark from a light ignited paint vapors inside the compartment of a pontoon dredge, which was being painted to reduce corrosion.

Two serious safety violations related to the fatality include exposing employees to explosion and fire hazards when exhaust ventilation was inadequate and failing to use explosion-proof lighting. Five additional serious safety violations are for using an extension cord with a missing ground prong; exposing employees to explosion and fire hazards from a nonexplosion proof fan with nonferrous blades; failing to ensure paint buckets, spray guns and cell phones were properly stored to prevent sparking; failing to permit the bonding of spray guns and metallic parts; and failing to provide fall protection to employees working from the barge deck.

Five serious health violations are for exposing employees to a potentially hazardous atmosphere inside a confined space without first testing the atmosphere's oxygen content, exposing workers to hazards in a confined space who did not receive training on how to perform all required duties safely, exposing employees to hazardous atmospheres in a confined space without providing a qualified shipyard rescue team or notifying an outside rescue service, failing to stop work