Houston Company Fined $112K After Worker Fatality

February 5, 2010

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited O.S. Interior Systems Inc. of Houston, Texas, for alleged workplace safety violations following a fatality at the company’s worksite at 20555 State Highway 249 in Houston. Proposed penalties total $112,000.

An employee was electrocuted and died at the company’s worksite while removing a demountable wall and making contact with a live wire. OSHA said the company had “failed to advise its employees on the locations of electrical lines.”

O.S. Interior Systems was cited for two alleged willful violations for failing to adequately protect employees from energized electrical circuits and failing to inform employees about the hazards involved with energized electrical circuits.

The company has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with the Houston North Area Director or to contest the citations and penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Source: OSHA http://www.osha.gov.

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