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Lockout/Tagout Kills Workers at Bridgeport Healthcare.

Lockout/Tagout kills workers at Bridgeport veteran’s healthcare facility. both workers suffered fatal injuries as a metal fixture on a major steam line blew off during repair. Lockout/Tagout kills workers and it’s among the major cause of fatal incidents. Inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that VACT had failed to provide workers with protection from being hit or set on fire and that the business had multiple lockout/Tagout program shortcomings. One of the employees was employed by VACT, while the other worked for Danbury-based contractor Mulvaney Mechanical Inc. It’s best for companies to adapt proper OSHA training for Lockout/Tagout.

OSHA issued nine citations to VACT for one willful, three repeat, and five significant violations. Executive Order 12196 requires government agencies to adhere to the same safety and health requirements as private sector businesses covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The Notice of Unsafe and Unhealthful Working Conditions is the federal agency’s counterpart of a private sector citation.

The VACT has 15 business days from the date of receipt of the notifications to comply, seek an informal session with OSHA’s area director, or appeal the notifications by sending to OSHA’s regional administrator a description of the agency’s stance on the outstanding problems. OSHA is prohibited from levying monetary penalties on another federal agency for non-compliance with OSHA requirements. The entire penalty amount would be $621,218 if the United States Department of Veterans Affairs were a private-sector employer.

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