Safety & Health

Austal USA LLC was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 12 safety and health violations that involved fall and other hazards following a May 2014 complaint regarding the Mobile shipbuilder's facility. Proposed penalties total $41,500. Read more >>>

WASHINGTON, DC—Navy shipbuilder, Austal USA, was cited November 18, 2014, by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), for 12 serious health and safety violations. This was the third citation in the last five years.

The company was cited and fined for a dozen health violations including fall hazards; improperly secured gas cylinders; improper wiring, exposing workers to possible electrical shock, and other electrical hazards; failure to prevent accidental machine startup; improper machine guards exposing workers to potential amputations, puncture and being caught in machines; failing to properly store and label hazardous materials. Some of the most concerning issues is the overexposure to copper fumes while welding, along with overexposure to aluminum dust. Fines totaled more than $40,000.

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Kalvin Powe died at Austal on June 4th, 2014.  His family worked with The Metal Trades to create and distribute a memorial that dispels rumours surrounding his passing and highlights the need for an investigation and changes to Austal's safety and health policies.   Read more >>>

The App allows workers to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers. Then, with a simple "click," you can get reminders about the protective measures that should be taken at that risk level to protect workers! Read more >>>

 At times, workers may be required to work in hot environments for long periods. When the human body is unable to maintain a normal temperature, heat-related illnesses can occur and may result in death. This fact sheet provides information to employers on measures they should take to prevent heat-related illnesses and death. Read more >>>

Learn what causes lung particle overload, what your risk is, and how to reduce your risk.  Lung particle overload can have serious consequences, and those who work around metal dust are particularly at risk! Read more >>>

Matt and Theo talk about their OSHA 30 experience.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) was passed to prevent workers from being killed or seriously harmed at work. The Mobile Metal Trades offers OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 trainings to Austal workers. These trainings teach shipbuilders how to make the yard safer and protect themselves against injury. Training is one of the key components of having a union - a trained workforce is a safer, more productive workforce.  To sign up for future trainings, please contact us at (251)-434-8254. Read more >>>

Austal is fighting your rights to proper safety training. They are fighting your rights to workman’s compensation! They are fighting your concerns for a safe and productive working environment! Shipyard work is notariously dangerous, but there is no excuse for Austal's lack of safety training, planning, and protective measures. Read more >>>

Shipyard work is some of the most hazardous work according to the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), more than twice the accident rate of other industries. Safe worksites require a serious effort to identify all potential hazards, while seeking solutions to correct those hazards. Austal does not have a serious safety program. Read more >>>

With temperatures now soaring into the 90s and extremely high humidity, everyone should be concerned about the effects of heat related injury. It is important that you monitor your work area, protect yourself and look out for your co-workers. Heat Stress and Heat Stroke should not be taken lightly. Severe complications, including death can result from heat related injuries. Read more >>>

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Identifying health and safety problems can be as easy as answering basic questions. To determine if there are health and safety problems that need to be addressed in your workplace, use these questions:

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You have the right to a safe workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA) was passed to prevent workers from being killed or seriously harmed at work. The law requires employers to provide their employees with working conditions that are free of known dangers. OSHA prohibits any employer from discriminating against workers for exercising their rights to safe workplace covered under the Act.


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OSHA issued a directive Nov. 4, 2010 updating its Enforcement Guidance for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Shipyard Employment. The directive includes employer requirements to pay – that is, provide at no cost to the worker – certain PPE. Steel-toed rubber boots, goggles, hard hats, hearing protection, and respirators are some of the protective items employers must provide free of charge. 

Shipyard work is traditionally hazardous, with an injury-accident rate more than twice that of construction and general industry. OSHA has targeted the industry in its Strategic Plan to reduce injuries and illnesses and prevent fatalities.

Working in an Alliances OSHA and the American Shipbuilding Association (ASA), National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) and the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) have created eTools describing common hazards and possible solutions for tasks performed during the ship repair process. Visit the eTools page >


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