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Austal USA LLC was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 12 safety and health violations that involved fall and other hazards following a May 2014 complaint regarding the Mobile shipbuilder's facility. Proposed penalties total $41,500. Read more >>>
WASHINGTON, DC—Navy shipbuilder, Austal USA, was cited November 18, 2014, by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), for 12 serious health and safety violations. This was the third citation in the last five years.
The company was cited and fined for a dozen health violations including fall hazards; improperly secured gas cylinders; improper wiring, exposing workers to possible electrical shock, and other electrical hazards; failure to prevent accidental machine startup; improper machine guards exposing workers to potential amputations, puncture and being caught in machines; failing to properly store and label hazardous materials. Some of the most concerning issues is the overexposure to copper fumes while welding, along with overexposure to aluminum dust. Fines totaled more than $40,000.Read more >>>
Workers at an Alabama copper plant have narrowly approved a plan to unionize, despite objections by Gov. Robert Bentley.
The National Labor Relations Board said 75 people at the GD Copper USA plant in Pine Hill voted to join the United Steelworkers, while 74 voted against.Read more >>>
Kalvin Powe died at Austal on June 4th, 2014. His family worked with The Metal Trades to create and distribute a memorial that dispels rumours surrounding his passing and highlights the need for an investigation and changes to Austal's safety and health policies. Read more >>>
The App allows workers to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers. Then, with a simple "click," you can get reminders about the protective measures that should be taken at that risk level to protect workers! Read more >>>
At times, workers may be required to work in hot environments for long periods. When the human body is unable to maintain a normal temperature, heat-related illnesses can occur and may result in death. This fact sheet provides information to employers on measures they should take to prevent heat-related illnesses and death. Read more >>>
Learn what causes lung particle overload, what your risk is, and how to reduce your risk. Lung particle overload can have serious consequences, and those who work around metal dust are particularly at risk! Read more >>>
There are safety and health hazards from Aluminum welding fumes and dust that you need to be aware of. Legally, Austal is obligated to tell you what hazards you are exposed to and take measures to protect against them. But they haven’t. Look at the Safety Data Sheets for the materials you work with, and get help for health conditions. Click here to view the Safety Data Sheets and learn how to minimize your risks.
Federal OSHA Laws require Austal to inform and train us on the potential dangers associated with the materials we work with. Austal has the manufacturer’s Safety Data Sheets that explain in detail the health risks of working with aluminum metals and weld wire. Why didn’t they tell us about the risks? Read more >>>
Matt and Theo talk about their OSHA 30 experience.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) was passed to prevent workers from being killed or seriously harmed at work. The Mobile Metal Trades offers OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 trainings to Austal workers. These trainings teach shipbuilders how to make the yard safer and protect themselves against injury. Training is one of the key components of having a union - a trained workforce is a safer, more productive workforce. To sign up for future trainings, please contact us at (251)-434-8254. Read more >>>
Longtime Austal employees that are very experienced have been leaving. In this video, Raymond talks about why he left, and what he thinks needs to happen at Austal.
TO SEE MORE VIDEOS OF AUSTAL WORKERS, CLICK HERE.
Sign your union card today. Austal may say you do not need to sign to have an election. That is not true. The National Labor Relations Board requires that a minimum of 30% of workers sign union authorization cards prior to initiating an election process. No cards, no election! Read more >>>
Unfortunately, Alabama doee not have a lot of laws to protect workers, but you do have federal rights! The Lonshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act protects you when you are injured on the job. The NLRA protects your right to address workplace issues. To learn more about your rights, click here!
Shipyard work is some of the most hazardous work according to the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), more than twice the accident rate of other industries. Safe worksites require a serious effort to identify all potential hazards, while seeking solutions to correct those hazards. Austal does not have a serious safety program. Read more >>>
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