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February 11, 2008

Scaffolding hazards at North Richland Hills, Texas, worksite

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Scaffolding hazards at North Richland Hills, Texas, worksite bring fines totaling $210,000 from U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas — An alleged failure to protect employees from safety hazards has brought a Kaufman, Texas-based company $210,000 in proposed penalties from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The company was cited for four serious and seven repeat safety violations following an inspection that began Aug. 8, 2007, at the company’s worksite in North Richland Hills. The company, which provides masonry services, has about 100 employees, 40 of whom were working at this site. The serious violations include failure to provide scaffold working platforms of sufficient width, to remove and replace damaged scaffold components, and to provide fall protection at the ends of scaffold platforms. A serious violation exists when there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result, and the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.

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