Trinity Yachts responds to OSHA violations

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Trinity Yachts sales and marketing vice president Billy Smith says workplace violations alleged against the commercial arm of the company’s business have been greatly reduced.

Last week the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited TY Offshore with four repeat, 14 serious and two other-than serious safety and health violations at its Gulfport, Miss., facility.

“It is not a closed matter,” Smith told Trade Only Today. “They definitely pulled some things out and said, ‘OK, that is not an issue.’ The other things are still under review by OSHA and we’ve asked them to look at them again. It’s important to note that none of the violations involved yachts. It was all regarding commercial boats.”

Normally OSHA does not issue a report until the issue is fully resolved, Smith said.

“We pride ourselves on having a safe workplace, so we met with officials to discuss violations and to give our side of the story and say basically, this is how we deal with those safety issues,” Smith said.

The May inspection was a result of a complaint OSHA received about the shipbuilding facility in Gulfport, Miss., and resulted in proposed penalties of $177,100, according to OSHA.

Serious violations occur when there is “substantial probability of death or serious physical harm” that can result from hazards.

"Trinity Yachts LLC has an extensive inspection history, has had ample opportunity to address violations, yet chooses to neglect the safety and health of its workplace," OSHA area director Clyde Payne said in a statement. "This employer must take immediate action to remove these hazards before someone is seriously injured or killed."

Smith said the citations and penalties had been reduced to about half of the initial citations.

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