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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Safety and Health Violations at Mobile Facility

Austal USA LLC was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for 12 safety and health violations following a May 2014 complaint regarding Austal’s Mobile, Alabama shipyard. Nine serious citations were issued for lack of standard railings on all staircases, improperly secured gas cylinders, and failure to reduce the pressure in a compressed air device to less than 30-pounds-per-square inch when cleaning. OSHA also cited the company for allowing worker overexposure to copper fumes during welding operations. Other citations included failure to ensure workers followed safety procedures to prevent accidental machine startup and to protect workers from unguarded machinery, using temporary flexible cable instead of permanent wiring, improperly labeling hazardous chemicals and failure to ensure that temporary wiring was not damaged. OSHA had cited this facility three times in the previous five years. OSHA proposed $41,500 in penalties.

Misconduct Type
Labor
Enforcement Agency
Labor – OSHA
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Administrative
Disposition
Fine
Date of Citation Announcement
11/19/2014
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Austal USA, LLC $41,500
Further Information Released
OSHA Press Release 11/19/2014

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database