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OSHA proposes $171,300 in fines for BIW

  • Tue 03rd April 2012
  • Bath, ME

Federal workplace safety officials are proposing $171,300 in fines for Maine's Bath Iron Works for safety violation at the shipyard.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says an inspection revealed a lack of fall protection and a variety of mechanical and electrical hazards. It cited three alleged repeat violations with $93,500 in fines and 15 serious violations with $77,800 in fines.

William Coffin, OSHA's director for Maine, says the agency focuses on boatbuilding and shipbuilding because they have higher-than-average injury rates.

Shipyard spokesman Jim DiMartini says safety is a priority and workplace injuries have been reduced. He says the problems cited during the OSHA inspections in October and November have been fixed and the company will be seeking an informal meeting to discuss the findings.