A judge in Georgia has ordered that the lawsuits filed against a shipyard in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for exposing employees to the risks that resulted in the death of an employee be filed.
In July 2019, a shipyard foreman. because GE had used a DAKE 70-ton hydraulic press when it threw out a metal bar that hit him in the abdomen. Shortly afterwards, GE reported that he felt sick for his co-workers and his wife, who immediately drove to the scene and transported him to the hospital where he was taken to trauma surgery and then screened for his injuries the next morning. The cause of death was "complications of blunt injury" on his abdomen, according to documents in OSHRC Docket no.
GE's employer, Rolly Marine Service Co., reported the incident to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on the day of his death, and an inquest began the following day. Based on employee interviews and safety videos, the OSHA Compliance Safety and Health Officer who conducted the investigation confirmed that GE's blunt damage was caused by the 70-tonne hydraulic press and issued Rolly a two-point lawsuit for exposing employees to being hit. and amputation risk. The proposed penalty was $ 1
Rolly questioned and in court argued that the employees' interview statements to OSHA were hearsay. After several objections, the court ruled that the statements of all employees were allowed except for GE's wife, who is also employed by Rolly. The court also concluded that the OSHA Secretary failed to define the hazards in terms of the physical agents that could harm employees, and instead incorrectly defined them in terms of a particular reduction method.
With reference to these reasons, the court ordered that both references be made available.