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Work Injury Attorney: A Pasadena, Texas, Construction Company is Fined by OSHA for Alleged Safety Violations

Monday, March 23rd, 2015
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A building site for a row of riverside apartment blocks in Cambridge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Construction is the most dangerous industry in Texas for numerous reasons. The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides safety standards for companies in the U.S., and those employers can be fined if they do not take the required steps to keep workers safe. There was a January inspection in Pasadena, Texas, at SER Construction Partners Ltd., which was initiated as part of the National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavations. OSHA released the results of that inspection last week. OSHA has issued $79,900 in proposed penalties against SER Construction for three alleged safety violations.

SER Construction employs approximately 370 people and specializes in heavy civil construction. According to OSHA, the company was allegedly found to have committed two serious trenching violations and one repeat OSHA violation. Details follow:

  • The repeat violation pertained to a failure to provide appropriate cave-in protection, which would have involved benching, sloping, or a protective shield system.
  • Failing to prevent water accumulation was one of the serious violations.
  • A second serious violation was failure to provide a safe egress from the trench.

OSHA’s acting area director in the Houston North office, Josh Flesher, said that workers can be killed as a result of trenching hazards and inadequate protections. He reiterated that OSHA standards must be upheld to prevent on-the-job injuries and workplace fatalities.

SER Construction has the usual 15 business days from the receipt of the OSHA citations to take one of the following actions:

  • Comply;
  • Contest the citations and penalties before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, which is an independent agency; or
  • Request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director.

Read this continuing series to learn more about construction hazards in Texas, which is the state which leads the nation in construction workplace fatalities every year.

–Guest Contributor

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