- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - A federal agency has citied VT Halter Marine shipyard in Pascagoula for five safety violations in the collapse of two cranes that led to five employees being injured.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1Azpkxo ) the accident occurred June 25 when several cranes were moving a “bow module” of a ship. Official say the two largest cranes collapsed, and one hit the corner of a tool and equipment warehouse where people were working.

The accident at the Pascagoula yard along Bayou Casotte injured five workers. One of the most seriously injured was a crane operator and the other four were in the warehouse.

VT Halter was cited with four serious violations for exposing workers to injuries, according to the OSHA report.

OSHA issued the citations Tuesday and the proposed penalties of $29,000.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request a conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission.

The violations were for the absence of load charts being posted and easily visible to the crane operator, exceeding the rated load capacity while conducting a tandem lift-and-travel maneuver, not ensuring proper positioning of the crane observers and not ensuring the cranes made the predetermined movements, and for failing to load test the lower load cell sensor on the main hoist after it was repaired.

One other violation was for failing to know the safety limits for attaching three or four slings.


Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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