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Jeffboat cited for nine safety violations

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) – Jeffboat LLC has been cited for nice safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Labor, the nine violations include one willful violation, after a worker was fatality crushed, when he became trapped between a malfunctioning transfer car and a barge, on Aug. 19, 2011.

OSHA gave Jeffboat the willful citation as a combination of two grouped violations.  The first is for failing to properly assemble and install pendant controllers used to operate transfer cars in accordance with instructions provided by the manufacturer. The improper installation allegedly allowed water and moisture to enter the pendant controllers, which may have caused the malfunction from the resulting corrosion. The second, is for continuing usage of equipment for which the electrical parts are corroded. 

"Jeffboat has a responsibility to ensure that its employees are properly protected from known workplace hazards," said Ken Gilbert, OSHA's area director in Indianapolis. "Failing to ensure workers' safety and health through appropriate equipment maintenance, training and adherence to OSHA regulations demonstrates a lack of regard for employees' lives and well-being. OSHA is committed to protecting workers, especially when employers fail to do so."

The Aug. 19 fatality was the third at the barge manufacturing facility since May 2010, when two other workers were killed in separate incidents on different days. OSHA has conducted five inspections since that time, resulting in citations for 46 violations, including the nine from this most recent investigation.

A Jeffboat spokesperson said, "Jeffboat is fully committed to protecting the health and safety of our employees through appropriate equipment maintenance, training and adherence to OSHA regulations. We have just received the OSHA citations, which we are now reviewing.  We look forward to continuing to work closely with OSHA to ensure the safety of our employees."

The nine violations carry a proposed fine of $119,000. You can view the citations by clicking here.

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