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Georgetown boat company cited by OSHA

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GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WCIV) – A Georgetown company was cited with 32 safety and health violations and $59,200 in proposed penalties after OSHA investigators inspected a complaint at the marina.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 28 of the violations at Hazzard Marine were serious, warranting more than $58,000 in fines, including the employer's failure to develop and implement a written respiratory protection program; identify and evaluate respiratory hazards in the workplace; develop, implement or maintain a written hazard communication program; designate a competent person to perform inspections and tests, such as air sampling in a confined space; and ensure visual inspection of spaces containing combustible or flammable liquids before workers' initial entry.

There were also four lesser violations that amounted to $400 in fines, including failing to have an air compressor with the glass cover over the pressure gauge, record workplace injuries and illnesses on OSHA's 300 log for 2013, post signs that read "no smoking" in the paint spray area and have hot or tepid running water in the lavatory. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.

"Our inspection found serious hazards that reflect management's lack of knowledge of safety procedures," said Darlene Fossum, OSHA's area director in Columbia. "Employers are responsible for being aware of potential hazards and implementing appropriate preventative measures to ensure a safe and healthful workplace."

 Hazzard Marine has 15 days to respond to the citations either by fixing them or filing for a contest hearing.

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