Northrup Grumman Fined

An investigation of a worker's death has led to 33 safety violations levied against Northrop Grumman Ship Systems' Gulfport facility. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration also proposed a 131,000 dollar fine against the facility. As part of an agreement, Northrop Grumman has accepted all citations, agreed not to contest the inspection results and paid all penalties.

The Gulfport employees make modules for ships. A welder was killed March 5th when he was crushed between two units after one of the units rotated. Northrop Grumman was cited for failing to properly center the 120 ton module on a supporting system. Among the other serious hazards cited were unguarded floor holes, electrical hazards, welding hazards and machine guarding and fall protection deficiencies.

The inspection also led to an agreement committing Northrop Grumman and several unions to safety improvements at the Gulfport facility and other locations in Mississippi and Louisiana.