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News » US » Dallas contractor ordered to pay $250k after fatal fall » published 26 Jul 2018

Dallas contractor ordered to pay $250k after fatal fall

A contractor has been ordered to pay criminal and civil penalties totaling US$250,000 after a worker suffered a fatal fall while applying stucco to an apartment complex in Dallas.

US District Court Judge Ed Kinkeade has ordered Design Plastering West LLC to pay the criminal and civil penalties for criminal violations of occupational safety and health standards. The court ordered the company to pay a US$150,000 criminal fine, US$100,000 civil penalty, admit to eight willful violations and to undergo monitoring by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for four years.

On 14 May 2015, the worker fell from a third-floor balcony while applying stucco without fall protection. OSHA cited the company for willfully failing to install scaffolding and provide workers with personal fall protection. In May 2018, Design Plastering West LLC pleaded guilty to the willful citation on fall protection.

“This company failed to comply with well-known safety requirements,” said OSHA’s Dallas region acting regional administrator Eric Harbin. “This sentence should serve as a reminder that employers can be held criminally responsible for failing to protect their workers’ safety.”

The criminal prosecution and sentencing in this case was the result of a collaboration between OSHA, the US Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor, and the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas.

 

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This article was published on 26 Jul 2018 (last updated on 26 Jul 2018).

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