US precast firm heavily fined for safety breaches
The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration has cited Tricon Precast Ltd with 21 alleged serious violations following an inspection.
The company was found to be exposing workers to electrical and fall hazards and numerous other unsafe working conditions at the company's Henry Road facility in Houston. Proposed penalties total US$109,800 £72,000). As well as the 21 alleged serious violations, OSHA identifed three less serious issues.
"This company failed to protect its workers from possible electrocutions, falls and other safety hazards," said David Doucet, OSHA's area director at its Houston North office. "It is fortunate in this case that no one was injured."
Tricon Precast, which employees about 220 workers who specialise in the manufacture of concrete barriers and retaining walls, has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's Houston North office, or contest the citations and penalties before the independent Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission.
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This article was published on 3 Apr 2013 (last updated on 3 Apr 2013).