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Houston construction company cited by OSHA

Construction is one of the most dangerous lines of work in Texas. That is why it is vital for employers to abide by safety rules and regulations in order to keep construction workers safe. When employers fail to abide by safety rules and regulations, they risk citations from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Last month, OSHA announced that it cited a Houston, Texas, highway and bridge construction company with one repeat and one serious safety violation after a work site was inspected. Inspectors from OSHA's Houston North Area Office said that on Aug. 27, workers were witnessed setting barrier copings at the edge of the highway bridge overpass without proper fall protection.

The OSHA report said this was the second time Williams Brothers Construction Co. Inc., which employs about 1,800 workers, has been cited for failing to protect its workers from fall hazards. The company was cited for a similar safety violation in June 2010.

The company was also cited for failing to protect workers from impalement hazards as they were working above unprotected rebar. This was considered a serious violation, which OSHA defines as carrying a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could have result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

OSHA has proposed fines totaling $45,500 for the two citations.

Williams Brothers Construction Co. is lucky that no workers were injured or killed as a result of these dangerous workplace conditions. If that were the case, the company could be facing a lot greater losses than $45,500.

Source: OSHA Regional News Release, "US Labor Department's OSHA cites Houston-based Williams Brothers Construction for safety hazards at highway site," Oct. 12, 2012

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