Texas Flooring Company Fined Nearly $67K After Worker Falls

January 26, 2016

Federal safety regulators cited a Texas flooring company for workplace hazards after a worker required hospitalization due to workplace injuries.

Subfloor Systems Inc. of Hurst, Texas, was fined $66,990 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a worker fell off a balcony at a Fort Worth commercial construction site.

An inspection that began on July 29, 2015, resulted  in citations for one willful and one serious violation. The citations were issued on Jan. 20, 2016.

The company’s failure to ensure employees use fall protection resulted in the willful violation, and failing to train workers in recognizing and avoiding fall hazards, specifically in a language that each employee understands, led to the serious violation.

Subfloor Systems, a flooring and concrete company, employs about 62 workers at its headquarters in Hurst, Texas.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the citations and penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Source: OSHA

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