OSHA has fined Basic Marine Inc. for five repeated, three willful and ten serious violations after finding workers exposed to amputation hazards during cutting processes. This was the third inspection in the last six years for the company based out of Escanaba, Michigan. The proposed fines total $242,940.
Basic Marine created an environment where employees were blamed if they were injured by machinery. When workers were harmed, Basic Marine was reluctant to evaluate their safety plans and procedures to stop these injuries from occurring.
Some of the violations includes, struck by hazards, machine hazards, falls and trips from unguarded manholes and failure to provide specific written procedures on how to prevent unintentional operation of the machines.