In safety news:

OSHA cracked down on neighboring states last week, slapping major fines on Texas, Florida, and Alabama violators.

In Baytown, Texas, Angel Brothers Enterprises Ltd. was cited for three serious violations and one willful violation for not protecting workers, who were replacing an old fire hydrant and water line, from being engulfed in an unprotected 9-foot deep excavation. Total penalties equal $89,500.

After receiving a complaint in Huntsville, Alabama, investigators cited Arora Technologies (doing business as ATI Foil Inc.) for 25 serious citations. Among them: not providing personal protective equipment to workers exposed to corrosive liquids. Total proposed penalties equal $57,600.

Lastly, in Florida, OSHA’s recent focus on fall protection came to fruition. Transformers Construction Services Inc. in Jacksonville, Florida, (subcontracted by A&G Construction Group Inc.) was cited for one willful citation for allowing employees to conduct roofing work at heights up to 16 feet without fall protection. The company has previously been cited for similar fall protection violations. Two serious violations were cited for failing to properly brace roof trusses so they wouldn’t collapse and not providing a ladder or stairs to access the upper level of the roof structure. Total penalties equal $79,900.

Read full details from OSHA here.

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