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Region 6 News Release: OSHA-08-867-DAL
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Contact: Diana Petterson Elizabeth Todd
Phone: 972-850-4709 972-850-4710


U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA fines San Antonio Lath & Plaster $63,600 for alleged safety violations

SAN ANTONIO -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited San Antonio Lath & Plaster in San Antonio for four alleged serious, three alleged repeat and one other-than-serious safety violations carrying proposed penalties totaling $63,600.

"This company has been cited 13 times by OSHA since 1999 for similar violations at construction sites in various cities," said Eric Harbin, OSHA's area director in Austin, Texas. "In this case, it is fortunate that no one was injured."

Following an inspection that began January 24 at the company's worksite in San Antonio, OSHA has issued four serious citations for failure to provide employees with fall protection while working on a rooftop structure, failing to ensure that scaffold planking extended no farther than 12 inches past scaffold supports, failing to ensure that a competent person supervised the scaffold being moved and not implementing a hazard communication program. Serious violations are issued when there is a substantial probability that death or serious injury could occur from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Repeat violations include failure to ensure the use of hard hats to protect