Thames Shipyard and Repair Co., a New London, Conn., shipyard and repair facility, has issued the following statement regarding citations recently brought against it by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) :
Over the past several months, Thames Shipyard and Repair Company has been the subject of a site-wide OSHA inspection at its shipyard located at Farnsworth Street in New London, CT where it employs approximately 60 workers.
Throughout the inspection, Thames Shipyard fully cooperated with OSHA personnel during more than a dozen site visits.
While Thames Shipyard disagrees with the scope and nature of many of the government's claims, it takes safety issues very seriously and has made substantial efforts to address the matters brought to our attention as quickly as possible. For example, more than half of the 43 items brought to our attention were resolved immediately during the inspection and to date 36 of the items have been resolved.
In general, the diverse and ever changing nature of the commercial ship repair industry presents unique challenges to some of the compliance requirements, and a number of shipyards throughout the country have been the subject of extensive OSHA violations and fines recently. None of the cited conditions at Thames Shipyard are directly related to any accidents or injuries.
As part of Thames Shipyard's commitment to safety, it employs one full-time and one part-time Safety and Health Coordinator. Throughout the OSHA inspection, management, foremen, and safety personnel all worked hard to address issues as they were brought to light, and to come to reasonable solutions to the compliance challenges they presented. Thames Shipyard will continue to work diligently with OSHA to address the few unresolved matters.