OSHA cites South Carolina Shipyard After Employee Suffers Fatal Injuries at Worksite

(OSHA has cited Detyens Shipyards Inc. for failing to protect employees from struck-by and fall hazards. The company faces $37,591 in penalties.

A shackle fatally struck an employee during a lifting operation. OSHA cited the shipyard for failing to ensure employees used a fall protection system when working at heights, and retrain employees exposed to fall hazards. OSHA also cited the shipyard for exposing employees to caught-between hazards by allowing them to enter between a guardrail and a rudder shaft while it was being lifted.

“This tragedy was preventable. Employers must identify and eliminate hazards in the workplace, as required by law,” said OSHA Raleigh Area Director Kimberly Morton.

OSHA’s Shipbuilding and Ship Repair page provides solutions for hazards related to the manufacture, repair, and maintenance of ships.

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