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September 25, 2012
7 businesses cited for exposing workers to asbestos

OSHA has cited seven construction companies—three from Miami and four from San Antonio—with 45 serious and other violations for exposing workers to asbestos at a San Antonio worksite. Proposed penalties total $148,000.

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In response to a referral by the Texas Department of State Health Services, OSHA’s San Antonio Area Office initiated a safety and health inspection at the Reserves at Pecan Valley apartment complex.

Agency inspectors found that workers were remodeling apartments without the use of proper clothing and respiratory equipment that would protect them.

 “Asbestos is an extremely hazardous material that can potentially cause lifelong, irreversible health conditions, said OSHA Regional Administrator John Hermanson. “It is imperative that OSHA’s safety and health standards be followed to avoid accidents, injuries, and illnesses.”

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