Five Texas companies have been cited for failing to protect their workers from asbestos and now face fines totaling more than $185,000. The contractors, who were working together to renovate a multi-family rental property in San Antonio, failed to inform their employees of the presence of the dangerous fibers, according to the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The companies in question include Roscoe Properties and One Eighty Construction, which received citations for one willful violation each for "failing to notify employees of the presence, location, and quantity of asbestos," according to OSHA. One Eighty Construction also failed to ensure its workers removed asbestos tainted materials properly, for which it was served a serious health and safety violation.
Both companies are owned by the same developer, who has a track record for negligence. Last November, OSHA cited both Roscoe Properties and One Eighty Construction for willfully violating asbestos-related health and safety guidelines at another commercial real estate site in San Antonio.
OSHA also cited three other companies, Varco Builders of Texas, Colors Unlimited and the building's owner, One Eleven Park, for their contribution to the unsafe conditions.
"Exposure to asbestos can have devastating outcomes, including lung disease and cancer," said Alejandro Porter, OSHA's area director in the San Antonio Office, in a release following the inspection. "It's imperative that employers take action to keep workers from harm by informing and protecting them when asbestos hazards exist in the workplace."
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