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Region 5 News Release: 09-108-CHI
Feb. 13, 2009
Contact: Brad Mitchell or Scott Allen
Phone: 312-353-6976


U.S. Labor Department's OSHA cites Fairport Harbor, Ohio-based yacht construction company for workplace safety violations
Federal action proposes more than $130,000 in penalties

FAIRPORT HARBOR, Ohio -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $130,200 in fines against Novis Marine Ltd., a yacht design and fabrication company in Fairport Harbor, for alleged willful, serious and repeat violations of federal workplace safety standards.

OSHA's investigation, opened in August 2008, resulted in one willful citation for fall hazards associated with open-sided floors and platforms, 23 alleged serious violations involving electrical and fire hazards, lack of personal protective equipment and stair railings, machine guarding and training deficiencies. Repeat violations involved a lack of explosion proof equipment in paint spray booths and other potential fire hazards.

"Failing to practice required OSHA safety and health standards is detrimental to the welfare of American workers," said Rob Medlock, director of OSHA's area office in Cleveland, Ohio. "Any employer who is committed to providing a safe place of work can avoid employee injuries and fatalities by following OSHA's regulations."

Novis Marine Ltd. designs and constructs yachts and sailboat spars for various brands. The company has been inspected by OSHA numerous times since 1995 and has been cited for a variety of safety and health violations.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the latest citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the citations before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote 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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