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Region 6 News Release: 11-1406-DAL
Sept. 30, 2011
Contact: Elizabeth Todd   Juan Rodriguez
Phone: 972-850-4710   972-850-4709
Email: todd.elizabeth@dol.gov   rodriguez.juan@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Houston, Texas–based construction
company for electrical, fall and other hazards at Little Rock, Ark., work site

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Houston, Texas–based Atlas Texas Construction and Trading Inc. for 11 serious safety violations carrying proposed penalties of $51,000.

OSHA's inspection, initiated under a national emphasis program on construction, found that about 20 workers were exposed to electrical and fall hazards while constructing the Lisa Academy School on Corporate Hill Drive in Little Rock.

"This company disregarded the safety of its workers by exposing them to multiple hazards," said Carlos Reynolds, director of OSHA's Little Rock Area Office, which conducted the inspection. "OSHA's standards must be followed to prevent injuries and fatalities."

The violations involve failing to train workers on the hazards of electrical equipment, ensure employees were protected from protruding rebar, fully plank scaffolds, provide a guardrail system or fall protection to prevent falls, and ensure that working levels of scaffolding had safe means of access and egress. A serious violation occurs 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.

Detailed information about fall hazards and safeguards is available on OSHA's website at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/fallprotection/construction.html. Information on scaffold hazards a