Fire Department Given $14,450 In OSHA Fines

A coastal fire department has been fined nearly $15,000 for health and safety violations last year.

The North Carolina Department of Labor leveled 12 serious violations and five non-serious violations against the Indian Beach-Salter Path Fire Department. Fines total $14,450.

The violations stem from a November 2nd complaint after the fire department burned a vacant home on Ballpark Road for training and then tore down the house. The Labor Department says the house contained asbestos tile flooring which they say employees removed without taking proper safety precautions.

The state says other electrical violations were found at the fire department's building on Salter Path Road.

The fire department has 15 working days to either pay the fine, request an informal conference or file a notice to appeal the penalty.

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  • by UnKNOWN Location: Newport on Feb 2, 2012 at 05:08 PM
    Occupational Safety and Health Administration = OSHA OSHA has a purpose and it is greatly appreciated if you know anyone who has ever died from an unsafe work environment. IE Scaffolding fall,asbestos exposure,electircution, and on and on. Our Fire and EMS workers are in a high risk environment everytime they go on a call and from the sounds of it alot of people think just because they choose to risk their lives for others it should also be risked for the heck of it. If even one of these guys or gals were exposed to Asbestos they could forever be affected long after all of you have forgotten what Idiotic comments you made about OSHA and their Purpose.
  • by Alpha Location: Lenoir on Feb 2, 2012 at 04:37 PM
    If the VFD shows through training and new written procedures that they have corrected the problems, they should be able to get these charges reduced. Come clean and they will help you. This press is good for them for they will "save" firefighters in other departments. Good luck and be safe.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2012 at 01:46 PM
    The fines go to the local school district, not OSHA.
  • by tug Location: new bern on Feb 2, 2012 at 08:45 AM
    our policy for a house donated for training purposes is if asbestos is present, we won't touch it. Too much hassle and liability. Now if it is a 911 call, we will put it out, but this is different from training. In training the house is repeatedly set on fire. A 911 call is we put it out and thats it.
  • by Wrong on Feb 2, 2012 at 06:24 AM
    There is 2 crimes here. #1, The news once again got it wrong. This building was never burned, it was demolished after the OSHA visit. #2, whats wrong is you have an administration, that has lied to the news as well as the towns people. This chief sent his people into this house to remove asbestos so it could be burned. He knew there was asbestos there but told them it wouldnt hurt them (such minimal amounts). When the news got word of this he was interviewed and The department's chief disputed the claim. Well now there is proof. Now there is a fire captian setting at home because he was fired for standing up for his people. Seems to me that THEIR system is broken.
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      by Insider on Feb 2, 2012 at 09:49 AM in reply to Wrong
      You must know someone also. This is correct.
  • by Wrong Agency on Feb 2, 2012 at 05:20 AM
    Actually the EPA is the agency that requires asbestos removal prior to demolation of a building and I am sure that the EPA will be visiting that FD soon. OSHA usually just fines you whereas the EPA puts you in jail. OSHA was created in the 70's to protect the worker. Most people are too young today to remember how many workers were killed or injured on the job prior to OSHA and MSHA (mining) being created. The State has had guidelines for the burning of buildings for fire training on the books for many years. There is no excuse for this incident to have occurred.
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Feb 1, 2012 at 10:15 PM
    Years back OSHA built a new building outside of Raleigh. They had to condemn it before they moved in because they could not meet their on written specs. They are a wart on progress. There is no 'greater good' - they just have a ego mania problem and a hefty fine book....... I fed a few of them and prob. put their kids through college over a couple of decades.
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      by George on Feb 2, 2012 at 05:19 AM in reply to Shine
      OSHA never built any buildings near Raleigh.
  • by RN Location: Pitt on Feb 1, 2012 at 09:14 PM
    The next time wheather it's training or an actual fire if the fire dept thinks it's unsafe just back away and let it burn to the ground, giving them a fine for that is the stupidest thing I've heard. It's getting almost impossible to burn an old house nowadays with what they have to go thru to get the required authorization to do it, no houses to burn means no real training so without training they have to put their lives in danger.
  • by So, If... on Feb 1, 2012 at 08:58 PM
    ...The house caught fire (of unknown origin) there would be no violations or fines to levy?
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      by Burn Notice on Feb 2, 2012 at 09:46 AM in reply to So, If...
      There is quite a lengthy process that fire departments have to go through to burn houses. It is a very strict one also. Every single person working for the fire department knows these rules and regulations and the results of not following them. These rules keep the community and our firefighters safe. A team should have gone in and removed the asbestos flooring before the live burn.
  • by m on Feb 1, 2012 at 08:48 PM
    Wow and just think they wanted to merge their public safety services. It's hard to believe their safety officer didn't check on this BEFORE the burn. I wonder who issued the burn permit?
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