GEORGETOWN — A company that repairs, cleans and stores boats at Georgetown’s marina has been hit with $59,200 in fines for what federal officials call serious safety violations that endangered workers.
Hazzard Marine LLC of 200 S. Meeting Street in Georgetown has 15 days to fix the problems identified by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, request a hearing or contest the findings.
Reed Tiller, the marine company’s general manager, said he just received notice of the violations on Thursday.
“I can assure you that we’re going to do everything we can to get into compliance,” Tiller said.
Federal inspectors identified 28 serious safety and health violations, including the company’s failure to develop and implement a written respiratory protection program; failure to develop and implement a written hazard communication program; failure to designate a competent person to conduct air sampling tests in confined spaces; failing to visually inspect spaces containing combustible or flammable liquids before work begins; and failing to properly train workers in health and safety procedures.
Hazzard Marine also allowed industrial truck operators to drive without wearing seatbelts and use equipment without proper training or equipment that was in need of repair, according to federal officials. The company also failed to safeguard its equipment, which could have led to electrical and explosion hazards.
“Our inspectors found serious hazards that reflected management’s lack of knowledge of safety procedures,” Darlene Edwards, OSHA’s area director in Columbia, said in a written statement. “Employers are responsible for being aware of potential hazards and implementing appropriate preventative measures to ensure a safe and healthful workplace.”
OSHA considers a violation to be serious when there is substantial probability that death or serious injury could result from a hazard an employer knew about or should have known about.
Federal officials also identified four less-than-serious violations – those that would probably not cause death or serious injury – during their inspection, including failing to record workplace injuries and illnesses; failure to post no smoking signs in the company’s paint spray area; failure to have an air compressor with the glass cover over the pressure gauge; and failure to have hot or tepid running water in the bathroom.
The inspection was prompted by a complaint at the city’s marina.
Contact David Wren at 626-0281