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Coast Shipyard Cited by Feds for Collapsed Cranes

PASCAGOULA, Miss. – VT Halter Marine shipyard in Pascagoula has been held responsible for five federal on the job safety violations that led to five employees being hurt when two cranes collapse.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) contends that the accident investigation  proved that VT Halter exposed workers to injuries and that it didn’t know the limits of safety harnessing equipment.  OSHA wants the company to pay penalties of $29,000.

The June 25 accident happened when several cranes were being used to move a ship’s bow module. The two largest cranes collapsed, and one hit the corner of a tool and equipment warehouse where some employees were working.

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