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OSHA News Release – Region 4
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 4 News Release: 06-1290-ATL (156)
Date: August 02, 2006
Contact: Luis Santiago Dan Fuqua
Phone: (954) 424-0242 (404) 562-2078
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Sun Terminals, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after a fatal accident at Port Everglades, Fla. The agency is proposing penalties totaling $52,250.
"This tragic accident should not have happened," said Luis R. Santiago, OSHA's area director in Fort Lauderdale. "It could have been avoided if the employer had followed required safety procedures."
OSHA's investigation began after a March 25 accident that resulted in the death of a longshoreman. The worker was struck by an elevated container that pushed him, crushing his head against a steel support beam.
Sun Terminals was cited for 21 alleged serious violations of safety and health standards. The citations, with proposed penalties totaling $51,750, included exposing employees to being struck and crushed by an overhead cargo container; failing to train employees in proper safety procedures; failing to train supervisors in accident prevention; and exposing workers to numerous other hazards.
OSHA issues serious citations when there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from hazards about which the employer knew or should have known.
The company also received two other-than-serious citations with proposed penalties of $500. These were issued for allegedly failing to provide proper instructions for mounting and demounting truck tires and for failing to maintain a written hazard-communication program on the safe use of chemicals.
Sun Terminals has 15 days to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. OSHA staff from the agency's Fort Lauderdale office conducted the inspection. The office is located at Jacaranda Executive Court, Building H-100, 8040 Peters Road, phone (954) 424-0242.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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