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A Company is Cited by OSHA after a Worker in Texas Falls 29 Feet to His Death

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Workers dismantling a construction crane

Workers dismantling a construction crane (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In news out of Austin, Texas, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has sited The Underwood Group Inc. and seven subcontractors for failure to provide fall protection equipment for workers. A worker at a condominium construction site in Canyon Lake recently died after falling 29 feet. The proposed OSHA penalties total $53,480.

OSHA’s Austin area director, Casey Perkins, says that the cost to provide fall prevention equipment is nominal, especially as compared to senseless fatalities. The leading cause of death among construction workers continues to be falls from elevation. In 2012, there were 775 construction worker fatalities; and 269 of those deaths were caused by falls. Perkins said that negligence which results in a fall that seriously injures or kills a worker will not be tolerated.

About 25,000 industry leaders and businesses as well as about 1 million workers halted work for one hour in June to discuss the importance of identifying fall hazards, providing fall safety measures, and implementing the plan. This Fall Prevention Campaign from OSHA is currently ongoing and seeks to provide employers with educational materials and lifesaving information regarding fall prevention and to provide workers with appropriate safety equipment.

–Guest Contributor


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