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Boatmaker Facing $66K in Safety Fines

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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A Mississippi boat manufacturer faces more than $66,000 in fines after federal inspectors allegedly found numerous safety violations at its factory, including some in and around the spray booth.

NauticStar, of Amory, MS, was cited June 2 with 15 “serious” and eight “other-than-serious” violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Fire and Electrical Hazards

The citations center largely around fire and electrical risks and hazard communication training. At the time of the inspection, on Jan. 27, the spray booth’s surfaces were covered with combustible materials and a shrink wrap that would not properly dissipate static discharge, the agency alleges.

NauticStar Deck Boat
NauticStar

NauticStar manufactures fishing and pleasure boats, constructed of foam-filled fiberglass.

Electrical panels and other devices that were within close range of the spray booth were not explosion-proof, the agency says, and sprayers and other equipment were not properly grounded. Additionally, the paint booth allegedly was not protected by a sprinkler system.

The citations also includes allegations of noise exposure and improperly fitted respirators. Other violations include allegedly using extension cords and power strips improperly and failing to communicate an energy control program properly.

About NauticStar

NauticStar manufactures fishing and pleasure boats, which it classes into a line of deck boats (20 to 24 feet long) and a line of bay and offshore boats (18 to 28 feet long). The boats are constructed of foam-filled fiberglass, covered with a vinyl ester barrier coat.

According to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, NauticStar began in 2002 with 25 employees and currently has about 160.

Extension cords
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Violations include allegedly using extension cords and power strips improperly.

"Employers should not wait for an OSHA inspection to identify fire, explosion and electric shock hazards as well as those associated with flammable and combustible chemicals in the workplace," said Eugene Stewart, OSHA's area director in the Jackson Office. "NauticStar must take immediate action to protect workers at this facility from serious injury or death."

A NauticStar representative told PaintSquare News the company would be issuing a statement in response to the citation, but as of press time the statement had not come through.

The violations carry a proposed price tag of $66,105; the company has 15 working days to respond and let OSHA know if it plans to contest the fines.

   

Tagged categories: Fire; Health & Safety; Health and safety; Marine; North America; OSHA; Spray booths; Violations

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