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OSHA Cites VT Halter Marine for Willfully Exposing Workers to Toxic Vapors in a Confined Space

05/20/2010
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined VT Halter Marine Inc., a shipbuilder, for $1,322,000 following a November 2009 explosion and fire that killed two workers and seriously injured two other workers. The incident occurred in the inner bottom void of a tugboat that was being constructed at the company’s Escatawpa, Mississippi, facility.“This was a horrific and preventable situation. The employer was aware of the hazards and knowingly and willfully sent workers into a confined space with an explosive and toxic atmosphere,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “Loss of life can never be something consider...

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