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Region 6 News Release: 08-140-DAL
Feb. 4, 2008
Contact: Diana Petterson or Elizabeth Todd
Phone: 214-767-4776, ext. 222 or 221


Scaffolding hazards at North Richland Hills, Texas, worksite bring fines totaling $210,000 from U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA
Metroplex Masonry Inc. headquarters located in Kaufman, Texas

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas -- An alleged failure to protect employees from safety hazards has brought Kaufman, Texas-based Metroplex Masonry Inc. $210,000 in proposed penalties from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Metroplex Masonry was cited for four serious and seven repeat safety violations following an inspection that began Aug. 8, 2007, at the company's worksite in North Richland Hills. The company, which provides masonry services, has about 100 employees, 40 of whom were working at this site.

"The OSHA inspection revealed that the company did not take appropriate action to protect its employees from serious injury," said Dean McDaniel, OSHA's regional administrator in Dallas. "Employers must remain committed to keeping the workplace safe and healthful at all times."

The serious violations include failure to provide scaffold working platforms of sufficient width, to remove and replace damaged scaffold components, and to provide fall protection at the ends of scaffold platforms. A serious violation exists when there is a substantial probability