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Dallas Work Accident Lawyer – A Vinyl Floor Manufacturer Faces $514,236 in OSHA Penalties Following 2 Workplace Injury Incidents

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

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English: Buildings on the eastern side of the 100 block of N. Main Street (State Route 18) on the Seneca County side of Fostoria, Ohio, . These buildings are part of the , a historic district that is listed on the . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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A Brownfield, Texas, Employer Faces $83K in Proposed OSHA Penalties

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

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English: Logo for the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

CPE Feeds Inc. in Brownfield, Texas, was recently issued $83,059 in proposed penalties by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). As part of the Regional Emphasis Program for Grain Handling Facilities, an inspection was done of the Brownfield facilities in June 2016. According to the Lubbock area OSHA director, Elizabeth Linda Routh, CPE Feeds has an obligation to protect workers from electrocution, amputation, and grain-handling dangers. A total of 22 alleged violations were identified.

Among the alleged OSHA safety violations committed by CPE Feeds were the following:

  • No handrails on stairwells
  • Lack of guarding on platforms and runways
  • Exposed wires energized with electricity
  • Lack of machine guarding
  • Failing to provide hearing protection
  • Failing to properly store welding cylinders
  • Failure to keep fire extinguishers in designated locations
  • Utilizing flexible cords as fixed wiring

The following are details about alleged serious violations committed by CPE Feeds:

Service rooms, storerooms, passageways, and other places of employment were not kept in orderly, clean, or sanitary condition. OSHA investigators specifically allege that employees were walking in and/or working in production areas that were not kept clean, which exposed them to fire and health hazards. The proposed penalty for this alleged serious violation is: $2,850.

Platforms and/or open-sided floors four feet or more above an adjacent floor or ground level were not guarded with railings or toe boards where there was moving machinery. Employees engaged in unclogging the pipes and cotton pit were exposed to unprotected falls of heights greater than 4 feet. The proposed penalty for this alleged serious violation is: $3,563

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An Employer in the Dallas, Texas, Area Faces $87k in Proposed OSHA Penalties

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

English: Site Conference Employees of Watkin J...

English: Site Conference Employees of Watkin Jones Construction holding a site conference at Plas Menai. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Subfloor Systems Inc. of Hurst, Texas, near Dallas faces $87,297 in proposed penalties following an inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Investigators with OSHA observed employees at a construction site working without required fall protection, which initiated a formal investigation that occurred on September 19, 2016. This follows a January 2016 citation for an alleged willful violation in an investigation that was the result of an employee being seriously injured in a 22-foot fall.

Jack Rector, Fort Worth area OSHA Director, said that the company has repeatedly been negligent in protecting employees from fall hazards and that OSHA won’t tolerate this type of willful disregard of worker safety. The Dallas area employer is required to provide needed fall protection, to ensure the safety of employees.

The alleged willful OSHA violation that carries a proposed penalty of $87,297 includes the following details:

  • OSHA investigators say that each worker on an unprotected edge or side that was 6 feet or more above a lower level was not protected from falling by use of personal fall arrest systems, safety net systems, or guardrail systems.
  • More specifically, workers engaged in installing drip head flashing material on the west side of the commercial building under construction were exposed to fall hazards without fall protection. A foreman on the second floor balcony was allegedly exposed to a fall hazard of 13 feet to the ground below. In addition, two employees on a third-floor balcony were allegedly exposed to a fall hazard of 24 feet.

All employers have a responsibility to provide a safe work environment.

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Construction Accident Abogado – After Worker Suffers a Serious Fall, a Hurst, TX, Flooring Company Faces $66,990 in Proposed Penalties – Part 10

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Nederlands: Skylight

Nederlands: Skylight (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An inspection of a flooring company in Hurst, Texas, by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was instigated after a worker fell from a balcony at a Fort Worth construction site and required hospitalization for care of his injuries. Subfloor Systems Inc. was issued citations for an alleged serious violation and an alleged willful violation, and the total proposed penalty is $66,990. Acting area director for OSHA in Fort Worth, Josh Bernstein, said the employer failed to provide training or fall protection and put workers in a hazardous situation, exposing them to preventable fall injuries.

The following are recommendations arrived at after review of numerous case studies of falls through roof openings such as skylights done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH):

  • Before roofing work begins, screen guards or railings must be installed, to protect workers from falling through skylights and other roof openings.
  • Before workers begin operations that include the possibility of a serious fall, employers must provide them with fall protection.
  • Alternative forms of protection against falls must be put in place when conventional protective devices aren’t practical. For example, catch platforms, safety nets, or fixed covers may be required.

See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, and Part 9 of this ongoing series to learn more about fall hazards and OSHA citations issued to a Hurst, Texas, company this month.

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Lawyer for Accident – After Worker Suffers a Serious Fall, a Hurst, TX, Flooring Company Faces $66,990 in Proposed Penalties – Part 9

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Skylight ontop of parliament

Skylight ontop of parliament (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An inspection of a flooring company in Hurst, Texas, by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was instigated after a worker fell from a balcony at a Fort Worth construction site and required hospitalization for care of his injuries. Subfloor Systems Inc. was issued citations for an alleged serious violation and an alleged willful violation, and the total proposed penalty is $66,990. Acting area director for OSHA in Fort Worth, Josh Bernstein, said the employer failed to provide training or fall protection and put workers in a hazardous situation, exposing them to preventable fall injuries.

The following are details from an actual fatal fall that occurred and that became part of a case study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH):

The danger of skylights is obvious, considering the fatal fall of a 26-year-old roofer. He was installing a spray-on roof covering with two coworkers. At one point, the other two workers were applying sealant and the 26-year-old was the one applying granular materials. The man stumbled over the curb of a skylight, after taking a step back. He then lost his balance and fell onto the skylight backward. The plastic dome was unable to withstand his weight. It broke, and the man fell 25 feet to a concrete floor, where he was pronounced dead.

As a result of this and other fatal falls — others to be shared in this ongoing series — safety recommendations were made. Some of these will be included at the close of this series.

See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8 of this ongoing series to learn more about fall hazards and OSHA citations issued to a Hurst, Texas, company this month.

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Accident Attorney – After Worker Suffers a Serious Fall, a Hurst, TX, Flooring Company Faces $66,990 in Proposed Penalties – Part 8

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Core skylight under construction

Core skylight under construction (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An inspection of a flooring company in Hurst, Texas, by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was instigated after a worker fell from a balcony at a Fort Worth construction site and required hospitalization for care of his injuries. Subfloor Systems Inc. was issued citations for an alleged serious violation and an alleged willful violation, and the total proposed penalty is $66,990. Acting area director for OSHA in Fort Worth, Josh Bernstein, said the employer failed to provide training or fall protection and put workers in a hazardous situation, exposing them to preventable fall injuries.

The following are details from an actual fatal fall that occurred and that became part of a case study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH):

A 39-year-old electrician’s helper was on the roof of an unoccupied single-story building with coworkers. One fellow worker had used a rope to lower an electric sign from the side of the building to the ground, and he went to load the sign onto a truck. The 39-year-old stayed on the roof to coil the rope. After about 7 minutes, the coworker went into the building and saw that the electrician’s helper was on the concrete floor under a broken skylight. The victim obviously either fell or sat on the skylight, which collapsed beneath his weight. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, having suffered massive head injuries.

As a result of this and other fatal falls — others to be shared in this ongoing series — safety recommendations were made. Some of these will be included at the close of this series.

See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7 of this ongoing series to learn more about fall hazards and OSHA citations issued to a Hurst, Texas, company this month.

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Lawyer for Cleburne, Tx. Construction – After Worker Suffers a Serious Fall, a Hurst, TX, Flooring Company Faces $66,990 in Proposed Penalties – Part 6

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Gainesville: : Skylight over the Spanish Court...

Gainesville: : Skylight over the Spanish Court, looking west (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An inspection of a flooring company in Hurst, Texas, by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was instigated after a worker fell from a balcony at a Fort Worth construction site and required hospitalization for care of his injuries. Subfloor Systems Inc. was issued citations for an alleged serious violation and an alleged willful violation, and the total proposed penalty is $66,990. Acting area director for OSHA in Fort Worth, Josh Bernstein, said the employer failed to provide training or fall protection and put workers in a hazardous situation, exposing them to preventable fall injuries.

The following are details from an actual fatal fall that occurred and that became part of a case study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH):

A 41-year-old ironworker was part of an eight-man crew installing steel decking on the rooftop of a new building six stories high. The ironworker went to another part of the roof to get some needed material for the task and didn’t return right away. He was soon found  in the stairwell on the fifth floor, lying unconscious. Apparently, when he removed a piece of decking for the work, a ventilation opening in the roof became exposed. He stepped through it and fell 25 feet. The man lived for 12 hours before succumbing to his injuries.

As a result of this and other fatal falls — others to be shared in this ongoing series — safety recommendations were made. Some of these will be included at the close of this series.

See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 of this ongoing series to learn more about fall hazards and OSHA citations issued to a Hurst, Texas, company this month.

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Construction Accident Attorney – After Worker Suffers a Serious Fall, a Hurst, TX, Flooring Company Faces $66,990 in Proposed Penalties – Part 5

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Skylight looking from senate

Skylight looking from senate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An inspection of a flooring company in Hurst, Texas, by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was instigated after a worker fell from a balcony at a Fort Worth construction site and required hospitalization for care of his injuries. Subfloor Systems Inc. was issued citations for an alleged serious violation and an alleged willful violation, and the total proposed penalty is $66,990. Acting area director for OSHA in Fort Worth, Josh Bernstein, said the employer failed to provide training or fall protection and put workers in a hazardous situation, exposing them to preventable fall injuries.

The following are details from an actual fatal fall that occurred and that became part of a case study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH):

An 18-year-old sheet metal helper was working on a roof which had skylights, and fencing material was being installed over the skylights, to prevent falls. The reason for the work was that a worker had fallen through a skylight to his death at the site three months earlier. The crew was also replacing corrugated metal roof sheeting. The crew was ordered by the supervisor to temporarily stop work. When the 18-year-old made his way to a vent stack to warm himself, he stepped on an unguarded skylight and fell down 33 feet to a concrete floor. He was transported to a hospital, where he died within two hours.

As a result of this and other fatal falls — others to be shared in this ongoing series — safety recommendations were made. Some of these will be included at the close of this series.

See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 of this ongoing series to learn more about fall hazards and OSHA citations issued to a Hurst, Texas, company this month.

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Hurt at Work Lawyer North Texas – After Worker Suffers a Serious Fall, a Hurst, TX, Flooring Company Faces $66,990 in Proposed Penalties – Part 4

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Blue sky and clouds through a large skylight w...

Blue sky and clouds through a large skylight window (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An inspection of a flooring company in Hurst, Texas, by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was instigated after a worker fell from a balcony at a Fort Worth construction site and required hospitalization for care of his injuries. Subfloor Systems Inc. was issued citations for an alleged serious violation and an alleged willful violation, and the total proposed penalty is $66,990. Acting area director for OSHA in Fort Worth, Josh Bernstein, said the employer failed to provide training or fall protection and put workers in a hazardous situation, exposing them to preventable fall injuries.

The following are details from an actual fatal fall that occurred and that became part of a case study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH):

During construction of a building, a 24-year-old plumber was installing plumbing fixtures on the roof. There were numerous 4-by-4-foot openings framed into the roof, and they were intended to be smoke-vent skylights. No guardrails were in place and there was no fall protection of any kind. The plumber was discussing a fixture on the roof with a coworker when he fell down 22 feet onto a concrete floor through an unguarded skylight opening.

As a result of this and other fatal falls — others to be shared in this ongoing series — safety recommendations were made. Some of these will be included at the close of this series.

See Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this ongoing series to learn more about fall hazards and OSHA citations issued to a Hurst, Texas, company this month.

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Hurt at Work Fort Worth – After Worker Suffers a Serious Fall, a Hurst, TX, Flooring Company Faces $66,990 in Proposed Penalties – Part 3

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

The skylight at the main entrance of HP Pavilion.

The skylight at the main entrance of HP Pavilion. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An inspection of a flooring company in Hurst, Texas, by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was instigated after a worker fell from a balcony at a Fort Worth construction site and required hospitalization for care of his injuries. Subfloor Systems Inc. was issued citations for an alleged serious violation and an alleged willful violation, and the total proposed penalty is $66,990. Acting area director for OSHA in Fort Worth, Josh Bernstein, said the employer failed to provide training or fall protection and put workers in a hazardous situation, exposing them to preventable fall injuries.

The greatest threat to the safety of construction workers involves fall hazards. All falls on the job are considered by OSHA to be preventable. Employers have a responsibility to provide fall protection in the circumstances outlined in OSHA standards. Those standards basically address hazards that can be prevented using common-sense safety procedures.

Materials about fall prevention abound. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), for example, addresses the specific hazard of worker deaths and injuries caused by falls through roof openings and skylights. These types of openings are involved in many fatal construction falls. Standards are provided which address specific dangers and provide specific solutions. Learn about several cases of fall fatalities through roof openings and skylights, cases that were studied by NIOSH in an attempt to help prevent the same types of incidents from occurring again.

See Part 1 and Part 2 of this ongoing series to learn more about fall hazards and OSHA citations issued to a Hurst, Texas, company this month.

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