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Texas barn collapse results in 4 employees being hurt at work

The construction industry is one of the largest employment entities in Texas and carries one of the highest risk environments for being hurt at work. Employers are expected to follow specific safety standards and provide necessary training to workers who are placed on job sites. A recent OSHA investigation placed citations on two construction companies for their responsibility for four workers hurt at work in a structure collapse.

The workplace accident occurred when an equestrian barn under construction at a local Texas University collapsed and injured four construction workers. Reports indicate that the OSHA investigation concluded with the reasoning for the steel structure's failure being due to its lack of sound stability. The collapse was instigated as a crane placed a beam without ensuring the braces were complete, causing the steel structure to crash to the ground. Reports claim that the worker operating the crane was not trained for the necessary safety precautions required for the working environment.

Out of the four employees hurt at work, three of them were in critical condition prior to their recovery. Texas OSHA made the decision to officially place extensive violations against both construction companies involved, requiring them to fulfill fine obligations to the federal agency. One company was assigned a total of seven citations and was required to pay $40,500 while the other was responsible for only one violation fine of $6,300.

The OSHA investigation found additional safety hazards that they believe could have had the potential to cause severe injury or death to workers. The report cited failures in inspections and machinery that was defective. A construction worker that was hurt at work may choose to seek professional help in collecting rightful workers' compensation benefits.

Source: therepublic.com, 2 companies cited by OSHA after Texas A&M horse barn complex collapse in which 4 were hurt, No author, Dec. 22, 2013

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