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OSHA fines Amory boat builder $66,000

Nautic Star LLC of Amory has been cited for 23 safety and health violations and fined $66,000 by the federal Occupational and Safety and Health Administration.

Fifteen of the violations were considered serious. Among them are:

  • Failure to provide training to protect workers from engine startup.

  • Not providing hazard communications.

  • Failure to cover 55-gallon barrels that contain flammable liquids.

  • Electrical deficiencies such as receptacles not having cover plates, extension cords without a ground prong and equipment not approved for areas containing flammable or combustible vapors.

  • Failure to ensure that paint booths and spray areas were not covered with combustible paper.

“Employers should not wait for an OSHA inspection to identify fire, explosion and electric shock hazards as well as those associated with flammable and combustible chemicals in the workplace,” said Eugene Stewart, Jackson area director.

“Nautic Star must take immediate action to protect workers at this facility from serious injury or death.”

Tony Watson, chief financial officer, said that the company has just gotten the paperwork from the agency and that there is no comment.

The company, founded in 2002,  makes offshore boats between 18 and 28 feet long and employs about 240, Watson said.

Nautic Star has 15 business days to either contest the fine, have an informal conference with the agency or pay the fine, OSHA spokesman Michael D’Aquino said.

— by MBJ staff

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