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Region 3 News Release: 10-1735-PHI (osha 10-230)
Dec. 21, 2010
Contact: Joanna Hawkins       Leni Fortson
Phone: 215-861-5101       215-861-5102
E-mail: hawkins.joanna@dol.gov      uddyback-fortson.lenore@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Houston, Texas, contractor
for not protecting workers against falls at Wal-Mart jobsite in Hamburg, Pa.

HAMBURG, Pa. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued Destin Drywall and Paint Inc. of Houston, Texas, five serious citations and one repeat citation for fall hazards and other safety violations. The company was cited while installing wallboard to the exterior of a Wal-Mart store in Hamburg. Proposed penalties total $20,100.

"Destin Drywall has a recent history of not providing proper fall protection to employees at its jobsites," said Kevin Kilp, OSHA's area director in Harrisburg, Pa., whose office conducted the inspection. "This protection is critical given that falls are the leading cause of injuries and fatalities in the construction industry."

Serious citations allege a failure to provide fall protection for employees working on aerial lifts, training for employees on fall protection requirements while working on aerial lifts and roofs, and required personal protective equipment. They also allege that the company permitted workers to operate a rough terrain forklift without required training and allowed misuse of a stepladder. A serious citation is issued when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known. Penalties for the serious citations total $11,700.

The repeat citation alleges that the company permitted its employees to work on a surface greater than 6 feet above the ground without an approved method of fall protection. A repeat citation