VOSH Increases Focus on Shipbuilding Sites in Last Full Week of 2014


It was a very busy final full week of 2014 in terms of the number
of OSHA inspections occurring in Virginia. VOSH focused its attention on
construction sites, general manufacturing, and Tidewater ship building sites.
With reports, such as this one – indicating that the Port of Virginia is busier than ever, VOSH likely
will continue to focus its resources on shipping-related industries in the
Tidewater region pursuant to its local emphasis program on boating safety
(Department of Labor Directive # 2014-20; effective date October 1, 2013).
According to the directive, “OSHA has targeted ship/boat building
and repair as one of five industries where the agency will concentrate its
efforts in order to significantly reduce workplace injuries and illnesses.”

During the period beginning Monday, December 15 and ending Friday, December 19,
2014, the Department of Labor reported fifty-two (52) OSHA inspections
taking place in the Commonwealth of Virginia, with three (3) inspections originating
from the Norfolk office, and forty-nine (49) originating in other offices. 30 of the
52 reported inspections related to construction, in both the residential and
commercial settings.

The general industry employers inspected included the following types of worksites:

  • amusement industry
  • automotive repair
  • car dealer (2)
  • convenience store
  • countertop manufacturing
  • digital printing
  • food processing
  • fruit wholesaler
  • general freight trucking
  • government support (military)
  • home center
  • motor manufacturing
  • physician group (2)
  • plumbing supplier
  • ship building (3)
  • sign manufacturing
  • transit system

OSHA (or its state equivalent, in this case, VOSH) may inspect a worksite under various
sources of authority, including inspections conducted as the result of a complaint-
generally lodged by an employee who reports purportedly unsafe working conditions to
OSHA; as the result of a referral- generally from the media due to reports of an
incident (e.g, accident involving injuries) taking place at the worksite; or as part of
a local, regional, or national emphasis program (CHEMNEP, fall protection, etc).;
these inspections take place because the employer appears on a list created by
OSHA relating to an emphasis program it has undertaken.

This week the Department of Labor reported the following inspections in Virginia:

Total inspections: 52

Source of Authority:

Complaint Based: 9
Programmed/Planned: 36
Referral Based: 1
Follow-up: 1
Other: 5


Accomac- 1; Ashland- 5; Blackstone- 1; Blacksburg- 2; Chesapeake- 2;
Christiansburg- 1; Falls Church- 1; Glen Allen- 1; Hampton- 1; Harrisonburg- 2; Henrico- 2;
Manassas- 1; Natural Bridge- 1; Norfolk- 7; Petersburg- 1; Portsmouth- 1; Richmond- 3;
Ridgeway- 2; Roanoke- 2; Salem- 2; Spotsylvania- 1; Springfield- 1; Staunton- 1; Suffolk- 1;
Unspecified- 1; Virginia Beach- 4; Wallops Island- 1; Winchester- 3

Scope of Inspection:

Partial: 28
Comprehensive/Complete: 14
Other: 10

Nature of Inspection:

Construction: 30
General Industry: 21
Unspecified: 1

Please note that not all OSHA inspections are reported on OSHA‚ inspection database
website. If your worksite is inspected, feel free to contact our firm with any
questions you may have regarding the OSHA citation defense process. OSHA will
issue citations from any given inspection within six (6) months from the beginning of
the inspection. In federal OSHA plan states and Virginia, you only have 15 working days
to contest the citation, including the proposed penalties and abatement periods set forth
therein, from its receipt. If you participate in an informal settlement conference,
this participation may not toll the time in which you must issue a notice of contest.
If a timely notice of contest is not provided, you may lose your right to contest the
proposed citations, including the attendant penalties and abatement periods. Once your
notice of contest is received, OSHA or its state-plan equivalent will initiate the prosecution
of the proposed OSHA citations by filing a complaint against your company.

Source: www.osha.gov

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