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OSHA cites, fines Huntington Ingalls for safety violations

PASCAGOULA — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Pascagoula shipyard for 50 safety violations and has proposed penalties of $176,444.

OSHA officials say in a news release that the penalties against Huntington Ingalls Industries and five subcontractors come from a June inspection after receiving a complaint about safety hazards.

Huntington Ingalls was cited for violations carrying penalties of $166,300. The violations included blocked exits; tripping and fall hazards; allowing lead, arsenic and cadmium dust to accumulate in a lunch area; and the dispensing of flammable liquids in improper containers.

Five subcontractors were cited for violations that included improper handling of compressed gas cylinders and other safety and electrical hazards. One subcontractor had no monetary penalty.

The companies have up to 15 business days to appeal the citations.

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