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Fri May 30, 2014, 04:32 PM

Kyle Field construction companies fined for violations related to worker's death

Two Kyle Field construction companies have been handed severe penalties from the U.S. Department of Labor for the December death of a construction worker.

The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has charged Lindamood Demolition Inc. and Texas Cutting & Coring with willful violations — ones committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health. It’s the most severe violation that OSHA can give out.

Willful violations carry a maximum penalty of $70,000: Lindamood was fined $56,000 and Texas Cutting and Coring $63,000.

The OSHA investigation states that on Dec. 3 the Lindamood employee was operating a skid-steer loader to support a 3,340-pound concrete stub while a Texas Cutting & Coring employee used a circular saw to cut the stub from its support column. The stub overloaded the skid-steer and tipped it and its driver over a ramp wall, falling more than 70 feet to the ground. Worker Angel Garcia, 28, was ejected from the machine and died after falling four stories.

More at http://www.theeagle.com/news/a_m/kyle-field-construction-companies-fined-for-violations-related-to-worker/article_6f158cd0-e814-11e3-97b7-0019bb2963f4.html .

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