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Region 6 News Release: DOL-OSHA-10-782-DAL
June 22, 2010
Contact: Elizabeth Todd
Phone: 972-850-4710

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Sneed Shipbuilding in
Channelview, Texas, for alleged safety and health hazards

CHANNELVIEW, Texas - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Sneed Shipbuilding Inc. for alleged serious, repeat and other-than-serious violations for exposing employees to electrical and other safety hazards at the company's facility on Market Street in Channelview. Proposed penalties total $59,300.

"Welders were using damaged welding leads, and the company failed to repair damaged electrical junction boxes," said David Doucet, director of OSHA's Houston North Area Office. "Electrical hazards like these can cause electrocution."

OSHA's Houston North Area Office began its investigation on April 27, finding structural deficiencies on one of the crawler cranes Sneed Shipbuilding maintained and operated, as well as electrical hazards throughout the shipyard. OSHA has issued 19 serious citations, including failing to provide employees with fall protection, guards on grinders, covers over open manholes in decks, and fire extinguishers in areas where flammable paint and solvents are used. A serious violation is one that could cause death or serious physical harm to employees when the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.

A repeat violation has been issued for failing to provide employees operating crawler cranes with load rating charts. A repeat violation is issued when an employer previously was cited for the same or a similar violation of any standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last three years.

Two other-than-serious citations have been issued for failing to properly complete the required Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses form, and to maintain a written respiratory protection program for employees exposed to inhalation hazards. 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.

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

Employers and employees with questions regarding workplace safety and health standards can call OSHA's Houston North Area Office at 281-591-2438 or the agency's toll-free hotline at 800-321-6742 to report workplace accidents, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit


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