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OSHA fines two NM construction contractors ($157,000) for asbestos exposure violations

OSHA New release (Dec. 6, 2007): The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Maloy Construction Inc., a general construction company, and Deerfield Corp., a plumbing and construction company, both based in Albuquerque, N.M., with 17 safety violations for asbestos exposure at a hospital construction site in Mescalero, NM.

OSHA cited Maloy Construction, proposing $75,600 in fines, for failing to assure that Deerfield, the subcontractor, was in compliance with OSHA’s asbestos standards. OSHA cited Deerfield, with $81,900 in proposed fines, for three alleged willful and nine alleged serious violations of its asbestos standards.

OSHA’s district office in El Paso, Texas, began an inspection June 9 when it received a complaint alleging that employees were removing insulation and other materials containing asbestos from a hospital boiler room without using appropriate protective clothing and a protective enclosure to contain the airborne asbestos.

“The OSHA inspection revealed that the two companies failed to take appropriate action to protect their employees,” said Rich Tapio, OSHA’s area director in Lubbock, Texas. “Employers must remain committed to keeping the workplace safe and healthful at all times.”

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Source: http://www.osha.gov/whatsnew.html

David Shearer
Environmental Health and Safety
New Mexico State University,
Las Cruces, NM

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