Region 6 News Release: USDL-OSHA-00-97-8-14
Mon., Aug. 14, 2000
Contact: Diana Petterson
PHONE: (214) 767-4776, ext. 222
OSHA PROPOSES TWO SEPARATE FINES TOTALING $299,300 AGAINST LIMON MASONRY, INC., OF PHARR, TEXAS
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Limon Masonry, Inc., of Pharr, Texas, with citations for two separate inspections for alleged safety violations and proposed penalties totaling $299,300, announced the U.S. Department of Labor.
Limon Masonry, a stucco and block contractor, employs about 200 workers.
Both alleged violations were discovered during scheduled construction inspections. On the first inspection, conducted Feb. 15, the company was cited $107,400 for three serious and two willful violations when workers were observed working on scaffolds with no fall protection. OSHA's standards require that fall protection be provided for employees working on a scaffold over 10 feet in height.
For the second inspection, conducted March 21-24, the company was cited $191,900 for four serious and three willful violations related again to the lack of fall protection standards. A serious violation is defined as one in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result, and the employer knew or should have known of the hazard. A willful violation is defined as one in which there is evidence of an intentional violation of the OSH Act or plain indifference to its requirements.
OSHA's Region VI, which includes Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico and Louisiana, has developed a local emphasis program to address unsafe construction work sites, particularly those with obvious fall hazards and violations.
Employers and employees with questions regarding workplace safety and health standards can call the Corpus Christi OSHA area office at (381) 888-3420. OSHA's toll-free hotline may be used to report workplace accidents, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers. The number is 1-800-321-6742.
Limon Masonry has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to comply with the citations, request an informal conference with the Area Director or contest the citations before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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