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OSHA fines Texas demolition contractor $135,000

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A Texas demolition contractor has been fined $135,900 by OSHA after materials fell from the 19th floor of a building being demolished and struck two of the company’s employees. The general contractor on the job site was also fined.

The falling materials resulted in two workers suffering fatal injuries.

The fines were issued for safety violations including failing to use an enclosed chute to drop materials and failing to protect workers from falling objects.

“The employer knew prior to the start of demolition that protection from falling objects and materials was critical, but failed to take necessary measures to protect employees,” said Kathryn Delaney, OSHA area director in Dallas. “There were several opportunities, prior to the fatalities, for the employer to implement planned safety measures that could have prevented this tragedy.”

There were other safety violations on the site as well.