FAA cited by OSHA for safety violations at Anchorage control center

Posted: Friday, September 01, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the Federal Aviation Administration for alleged safety violations at the Anchorage Air Traffic Control Center.

The safety violations resulted from a routine inspection, as well as the near electrocution of an employee during the inspection, said Carl Halgren, the acting OSHA area director.

The near electrocution occurred March 8 while the worker was installing fluorescent light bulbs. He was hospitalized with serious injuries.

According to the agency, there was one willful, one repeat and six serious violations at the center, which is located on Boniface Road near Elmendorf Air Force Base.

Among the problems, employees were exposed to live electrical parts on outlet boxes, workers lacked safety retraining following job changes and the FAA failed to provide proper access or passageways in work areas, Halgren said.

The FAA also lacked a program to control hazardous electrical energy, and failed to provide facilities for quick drenching and flushing of eyes and body, OSHA officials said.

OSHA doesn't have the authority to fine federal agencies. If the inspection had been conducted in the private sector, the employer would have faced a penalty of $105,500, Halgren said.

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