OSHA: Texas Workers Exposed to Asbestos at Construction Site

December 4, 2015

Federal safety regulators say three commercial real estate renovators have been cited for a combined $112,000 in penalties for exposing workers to asbestos hazards at a San Antonio, Texas, worksite.

FBZ Broadway LP, One Eighty Construction Inc. and Roscoe Properties Inc., all owned by Jason Berkowitz, were cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing workers to asbestos at a residential apartment construction worksite.

The three employers are based in Austin.

After a May 29 inspection, FBZ Broadway LP and Roscoe Properties Inc. were each cited for one willful violation for failing to determine the location and quantity of asbestos. FBZ Broadway was cited for the same violation on April 28. One Eighty Construction was cited for one willful violation for failing to ensure that workers followed asbestos removal practices.

FBZ Broadway LP was fined $14,000; One Eighty Construction Inc. was fined $35,000; and Roscoe Properties Inc. was fined $63,000

FBZ Broadway LP, One Eighty Construction Inc. and Roscoe Properties Inc., which employ approximately 261 workers combined, have 15 business days from receipt of their citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the citations and penalties before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Source: OSHA

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