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Posts Tagged ‘San Antonio’

An On-Duty Texas Police Officer is Struck by an Alleged Drunk Driver

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

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On July 7, 2017, in Fort Worth, Texas, Officer Matt Lesell was on the side of a Texas highway, having pulled over a vehicle at about 3 a.m. As he was walking up to the car, his dash cam video shows that a car crashed into him and the other vehicle. Lesell survived the crash. He can be seen walking away from the crash scene, though hobbled. The officer is hoping to use his experience as a way to highlight the hazards of drunk driving.

Lesell pointed out that Texas has a law called “Slow Down and Move Over.” Motorists are required by law to slow down when they are going to drive past transportation workers and police, fire, and emergency vehicles on the side of the road. This information is found on the website of the Texas Department of Transportation.

Employers have a duty to ensure that workers have a safe workplace environment. Texas laws obviously attempt to make things safer for police officers and those in emergency services. Another related law is that fines in construction zones are doubled, when drivers violate the speed limit or other laws.

A similar incident happened to Houston, Texas, police officers in July. They were investigating a possible incident involving driving while intoxicated (DWI). Another vehicle came along as they were investigating, and the car veered toward them. Firefighters screamed out warnings to the police officers. Both of the police officers ultimately fell over the ledge of the freeway, which was about a 20-foot drop. The officers landed in a grass area; neither had broken bones from falling.

All motorists have a responsibility to keep others safe in roadway work places. Police officers are often put at risk, since their workplace is often the side of a road.

As with every post on this website, we are only providing information in this post and do not make any allegation or assertion that anyone acted inappropriately or engaged in misconduct.

–Guest Contributor


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A Female Construction Worker is San Antonio Crushed by a Backhoe

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

A CONSTRUCTION WORKER DRILLS THROUGH SOLID ROC...

A CONSTRUCTION WORKER DRILLS THROUGH SOLID ROCK ALONG ESCOWEE STREET ON THE BANK OF THE CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER PRIOR TO… – NARA – 557735 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A 19-year-old woman was killed at a construction site in San Antonio, Texas, when the bucket of a backhoe was dropped on top of her. The shocking workplace fatality occurred on the morning of Monday, January 23, 2017. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, and the foreman who was driving the backhoe and said he didn’t see the woman was hospitalized, most likely for shock, according to Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Roger Pedraza.

The deceased was a construction worker at the construction site, which is on Potranco Road in the 13700 block. Police were called at about 10:30 am and reported that the woman had been crushed to death by the backhoe.

At least two dozen members of the accident victims’ family went to the site. According to one of the victim’s siblings, her sister had been injured at the construction site the previous week. Allegedly, the same backhoe operator knocked her in the leg with the machine, giving her a bruise about the size of a grapefruit. The sibling also claimed that her sister had complained about lack of adherence to safety guidelines on the worksite.

A construction worker at the scene who has been at the site for about a month alleged that the same foreman involved in this deadly accident was frequently careless on the job, resulting in a lot of broken pipes.

Employers have a responsibility to ensure a safe workplace environment. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be conducting an investigation, prompted by this tragedy. If the employer is found to be in violation of safety guidelines, the company will be cited and will face proposed penalties. OSHA penalties have just been increased for the first time in a quarter century. The new amounts have the potential to seriously impact small businesses, which will hopefully serve to motivate employers to improve worker safety procedures. This tragic construction fatality in San Antonio was allegedly a senseless, preventable act.

–Guest Contributor


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OSHA Proposed $104K in Fines against a San Antonio, Texas, Company

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

The San Antonio (Texas) Downtown

The San Antonio (Texas) Downtown (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It has been since this summer that Bluebonnet Foods L.P. was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for 21 alleged serious safety violations, but the citations are worth looking at. Employers have a responsibility to protect workers by providing them with a safe workplace. OSHA Area Director for San Antonio Alejandro Porter said workers at Bluebonnet Foods were exposed to health and safety hazards that should be corrected without delay before employees get hurt unnecessarily. Among the alleged serious violations were that workers were exposed to several chemical, struck-by, amputation, and electrical hazards. In addition, eyewash stations needed to be installed and personal protective equipment needed to be provided. The total in proposed penalties was: $104,000.

Bluebonnet Foods is doing business as Goodheart Specialty Foods Co., and the company employs about 300 people at the San Antonio location. Bluebonnet Foods produces grilled, fried, and slow-roasted meats, sauces and other products for the food service, retail, and food manufacturing industry under their DBA.

The following is specific information about two alleged serious OSHA violations:

Employees who were sanitizing production areas and diluting cleaning products with caustic and corrosive liquids were allegedly exposed to chemical splash hazards without adequate protective coverings such as gloves, aprons, or chemical resistant full body protection. The proposed penalty for this alleged serious violation was: $7,000.

Employees in the maintenance shop were allegedly exposed to a struck-by hazard as they were operating a Porter Cable drill press that did not have a chip guard. The proposed penalty for this alleged serious OSHA violation was: $4,000.

Learn about more alleged serious violations that Bluebonnet Foods was cited for in an installment of this series entitled, “San Antonio Company is Cited by OSHA for Struck-By Hazards and More.”

–Guest Contributor


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Scaffolding Lawyer – A San Antonio, Texas, Company Faces $175,700 in Proposed OSHA Penalties – Part 4

Monday, June 6th, 2016

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English: A&A riggers Ben Thiesing, left, and David Mateer, right, take the slack out of lifting slings before a rough terrain forklift lifts a 1940 German PAK38 anti-tank gun for loading. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a press release made public on May 31, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposes $175,700 in penalties against W.S. Steel Erection LLC. The steel fabrication and erection company is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, and has about 75 employees. The alleged repeat and serious OSHA violations resulting in costly penalties occurred at a worksite in Canyon Lake, Texas. Casey Perkins, OSHA’s Austin area director, said that, in spite of a tragic fall fatality at the company in 2011, W.S. Steel continues exposing workers to the hazard of potentially fatal falls. Perkins points out that falls are the number one cause of construction industry fatalities.

The following is information about an alleged repeat OSHA violation that W.S. Steel has 15 days to address, in response to the report:

The employer allegedly failed to protect workers on scaffolds more than 10 feet above a lower level from falling to a lower level because fall protection was not provided, according to OSHA standards.

More specifically, on or about December 1, 2015, at the Canyon Lake, Texas, worksite, an employee was standing on a temporary elevated plywood platform while installing trim. The platform was approximately 17 feet at the time and was supported by a rough terrain forklift. The employee did not have any type of fall protection.

According to OSHA, W.S. Steel was previously cited for a similar violation. A final order was issued on July 20, 2015, in regard to a New Braunfels, Texas, worksite.

The proposed penalty for this alleged repeat violation is: $70,000.

See Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this continuing series regarding alleged OSHA violations by this San Antonio company.

–Guest Compensation


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Fall Accident Lawyer for Work – A San Antonio, Texas, Company Faces $175,700 in Proposed OSHA Penalties – Part 3

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

English: Coventry Climax forklift truck

English: Coventry Climax forklift truck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a press release made public on May 31, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposes $175,700 in penalties against W.S. Steel Erection LLC. The steel fabrication and erection company is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, and has about 75 employees. The alleged repeat and serious OSHA violations resulting in costly penalties occurred at a worksite in Canyon Lake, Texas. Casey Perkins, OSHA’s Austin area director, said that, in spite of a tragic fall fatality at the company in 2011, W.S. Steel continues exposing workers to the hazard of potentially fatal falls. Perkins points out that falls are the number one cause of construction industry fatalities.

The following is information about the final two of six alleged serious OSHA violations that W.S. Steel has 15 days to address, in response to the report:

OSHA alleges that support scaffold platforms did not have the entire platform attached to the forks. More specifically, on or about December 1, 2015, at the Canyon Lake worksite, an employee was standing on a plywood platform elevated approximately 17 feet high by a rough terrain forklift without the platform being attached to the forks, which exposed the employee to a fall hazard. The proposed penalty for this alleged violation is: $7,000.

OSHA alleges that employees working in an aerial lift were not standing firmly on the basket floor. More specifically, it was observed on or about December 1, 2015, that a worker was performing trim work while elevated on an aerial lift while standing on the mid rail and straddling the top rail of the basket. The proposed penalty for this alleged violation is: $7,000.

See Part 1 and Part 2 of this continuing series regarding alleged OSHA violations by this San Antonio company.

–Guest Compensation


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OSHA Cites 5 Texas Companies for Alleged Asbestos Hazards –Part 14

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Asbestos

Asbestos (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a March 22, 2016, news release, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that five Texas companies are facing a total of $185,000 in penalties for allegedly failing to protect workers from asbestos and other hazards. The multi-family rental property that OSHA inspected and that led to these citations is in San Antonio, Texas, at One Eleven Park Avenue. The companies that have been cited are: One Eighty Construction Inc.; Varco Builders of Texas; Roscoe Properties Inc.; Colors Unlimited; and One Eleven Park. Local developer Jason Berkowitz is the owner of both One Eighty Construction and Roscoe. The latter is a commercial real estate management firm and has 50-plus properties in San Antonio, Houston, Austin, and Dallas-Fort Worth.

The National Cancer Institute provides information and insight into the health hazards of asbestos.

Tiny asbestos fibers are released into the air when products that contain asbestos are disturbed. If these fibers are breathed in, they can become lodged in the lungs. When the fibers accumulate over time, the result is often inflammation and scarring of the lungs, which can lead to other serious health problems.

Asbestos is a carcinogen, which means that it causes cancer. There can be an increased risk of mesothelioma and lung cancer, as a result of asbestos exposure. Other serious health effects of asbestos include: An elevated risk for cancer of the esophagus, kidney, gallbladder, and throat; and colorectal and gastrointestinal cancers.

Learn more about these citations in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, and Part 13 of this ongoing series. Learn about asbestosis in this next segment.

–Guest Contributor

 


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Work Injury Lawyer for El Paso – OSHA Cites 5 Texas Companies for Alleged Asbestos Hazards –Part 12

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Asbestos mask

Asbestos mask (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a March 22, 2016, news release, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that five Texas companies are facing a total of $185,000 in penalties for allegedly failing to protect workers from asbestos and other hazards. The multi-family rental property that OSHA inspected and that led to these citations is in San Antonio, Texas, at One Eleven Park Avenue. The companies that have been cited are: One Eighty Construction Inc.; Varco Builders of Texas; Roscoe Properties Inc.; Colors Unlimited; and One Eleven Park. Local developer Jason Berkowitz is the owner of both One Eighty Construction and Roscoe. The latter is a commercial real estate management firm and has 50-plus properties in San Antonio, Houston, Austin, and Dallas-Fort Worth.

Details about one more alleged serious OSHA violation issued to Colors Unlimited follow:

Asbestos scrap, debris, waste, containers, equipment, bags, and contaminated clothing consigned for disposal were not collected and disposed of in impermeable, labeled, and sealed bags or other closed, impermeable, and labeled containers. More specifically, on or about October 13, 2015, on the north side of the apartment complex, workers were exposed to respiratory hazards of disposing of asbestos containing material in a non-sealed container (construction rolloff). The proposed penalty for this alleged violation is: $2,800.

Details about the one alleged serious OSHA violation issued to One Eleven Park LLC follow:

The facility owner and/or building owner allegedly failed to notify all employers and employees who worked within or adjacent to the areas containing asbestos containing materials (ACM) and presumed asbestos containing materials regarding the presence, location, and quantity. More specifically, on or about October 13, 2015, One Eleven Park, LLC allegedly failed to notify employers of workers of the presence, quantity, and location of asbestos containing floor tile and mastic at the One Eleven Park Avenue Apartments. The proposed penalty for this alleged violation is: $2,800.

Learn more about these citations in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, and Part 11 of this ongoing series.

–Guest Contributor


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Texas Work Accident Lawyer – OSHA Cites 5 Texas Companies for Alleged Asbestos Hazards –Part 10

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

English: Garage build using asbestos material

English: Garage build using asbestos material (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a March 22, 2016, news release, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that five Texas companies are facing a total of $185,000 in penalties for allegedly failing to protect workers from asbestos and other hazards. The multi-family rental property that OSHA inspected and that led to these citations is in San Antonio, Texas, at One Eleven Park Avenue. The companies that have been cited are: One Eighty Construction Inc.; Varco Builders of Texas; Roscoe Properties Inc.; Colors Unlimited; and One Eleven Park. Local developer Jason Berkowitz is the owner of both One Eighty Construction and Roscoe. The latter is a commercial real estate management firm and has 50-plus properties in San Antonio, Houston, Austin, and Dallas-Fort Worth.

Details about an alleged repeat health violation issued to Varco Builders of Texas, LLC, dba Varco Renovations follow:

The employer allegedly failed in the duty of ensuring that employees complied with work practices and were trained in those practices before they performed jobs removing asphalt and vinyl flooring materials which contained asbestos. Though required, the employer did not verify that there was an absence of asbestos in buildings constructed no later than 1980. More specifically, on or about October 1, 2015, and at times prior, workers were exposed to respiratory hazards from mechanically removing materials containing asbestos, and no regard was given to airborne fiber controls. In a building constructed prior to 1980, the employer allegedly failed to verify the absence of asbestos containing materials while removing floor tile and mastic in room 112.

The company was previously cited for the same or a similar violation as shown in a final order dated May 19, 2015, with respect to a workplace on Brackenridge Avenue in San Antonio, Texas.

The proposed penalty for this alleged repeat violation is: $6,160.

Learn more about these citations in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, and Part 9 of this ongoing series.

–Guest Contributor


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OSHA Cites 5 Texas Companies for Alleged Asbestos Hazards –Part 7

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

English: Amli on 2nd apartments in Austin, Texas

English: Amli on 2nd apartments in Austin, Texas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a March 22, 2016, news release, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that five Texas companies are facing a total of $185,000 in penalties for allegedly failing to protect workers from asbestos and other hazards. The multi-family rental property that OSHA inspected and that led to these citations is in San Antonio, Texas, at One Eleven Park Avenue. The companies that have been cited are: One Eighty Construction Inc.; Varco Builders of Texas; Roscoe Properties Inc.; Colors Unlimited; and One Eleven Park. Local developer Jason Berkowitz is the owner of both One Eighty Construction and Roscoe. The latter is a commercial real estate management firm and has 50-plus properties in San Antonio, Houston, Austin, and Dallas-Fort Worth.

Details about another citation for an alleged serious violation issued to Varco Builders of Texas, LLC., dba Varco Renovations follows:

OSHA alleges that receptacles, rosettes, lamps, lampholders, or fixtures had live parts routinely exposed to worker contact. More specifically, on or about October 1, 2015, and at times prior, workers were exposed to electrical shock hazards while they were switching lights off and on and plugging into receptacles that had faceplates and/or covers removed. This violation was observed in the following rooms of the apartment building: 101, 102, 105, 106, 107, 109, 202, and 203.

The proposed penalty for this alleged serious violation is: $3,080.

Learn more about these citations in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6 of this ongoing series.

–Guest Contributor


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OSHA Cites 5 Texas Companies for Alleged Asbestos Hazards –Part 6

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

English: Fort Worth Skyline

English: Fort Worth Skyline (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a March 22, 2016, news release, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that five Texas companies are facing a total of $185,000 in penalties for allegedly failing to protect workers from asbestos and other hazards. The multi-family rental property that OSHA inspected and that led to these citations is in San Antonio, Texas, at One Eleven Park Avenue. The companies that have been cited are: One Eighty Construction Inc.; Varco Builders of Texas; Roscoe Properties Inc.; Colors Unlimited; and One Eleven Park. Local developer Jason Berkowitz is the owner of both One Eighty Construction and Roscoe. The latter is a commercial real estate management firm and has 50-plus properties in San Antonio, Houston, Austin, and Dallas-Fort Worth.

Details about the citation for an alleged serious violation issued to Varco Builders of Texas, LLC., dba Varco Renovations follow:

OSHA alleges that live parts of electric equipment operating at 50 volts or more were not guarded against accidental contact by enclosures such as cabinets nor by any of the means listed in OSHA requirements. Employees were exposed to the potential work injury of electrical shock.

More specifically, on or about October 1, 2015, and at times prior, while employees were renovating Room 112 and having the electrical feeder panel unguarded with exposed live electrical conductors and were exposed to electrical shock hazards of 220volts/20 amperes.

The proposed penalty for this alleged serious violation is: $3,080.

Learn more about these citations in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 of this ongoing series.

–Guest Contributor


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