OSHA Compliance

OSHA notifies Air Traffic Control Tower about Workplace Safety Violations

OSHA notifies Air Traffic Control Tower about Workplace Safety Violations
OSHA has recently issued Notices of Unsafe or Unhealthful Working Conditions to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) lakefront Airport Air Traffic Control Tower situated in New Orleans. The notice contains conditions where employees were found to be exposed to potential fire hazards.

OSHA started investigating this in September last year, as part of its Airport Air Traffic Control Tower Monitoring Program, and has since found a number of violations for the alternate standard for fire safety. Notices were issued to 6 alleged repeat violations and 1 serious violation.

The repeat violations included the improper use of electrical equipment, failing to correct deficiencies in the fire alarm and stair tower pressurization systems, failing to provide emergency action plans and fire prevention plans, and failing to ensure that fire drills are regularly performed. The FAA was previously cited for these same violations in 2009 as well. The serious violation was for failing to provide employees with a facility compliance program.

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