OSHA Fines McAllen Telecommunications Company $41,000 After Employee Slips and Falls

McAllen(KFXV) – A telecommunications company in McAllen faces multiple citations from the U.S. Department of Labor. Now the company is faces a fine of $41,000. The agency cited the telecommunications connections company for seven serious violations and four minor ones. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration initiated the inspection after a report that an employee at CINCH connectors slipped and fell and was injured. The agency cited the company for having inadequate housekeeping, lack of noise monitoring, not assessing hazards, not having personal protective equipment for its workers, among...

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OSHA Cites McAllen Company $58,000 for Ammonia Leak and Other Violations

The Department of Labor says a McAllen company has exposed employees and the community to a hazardous chemical. Now OSHA has fined the company with a total of $58,000 as a result of several safety violations.  Lineage Logistics is a cold storage facility in McAllen.  According to OSHA representatives, these violations could cause physical harm and even death. The Department of Labor says it began inspections after reports of ammonia release in that facility. OSHA says they found a total of 9 serious violations, among them the failure to provide emergency safety showers for its employees and failure to...

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Bowling Alley Cited $50,000+ for Employee Death

Brownsville (KFXV) — Galaxy Bowling Center in Brownsville has 15 days to pay more than $50,000 in penalties, following the death of one of their employees. 29-year-old Vidal Garcia was killed at the bowling alley in March, strangled when his shirt got caught in a ‘pinsetting’ machine. Today, the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA cited the bowling alley for 10 serious safety violations. Inspectors found galaxy bowling knew the pinsetter had problems yet employers allowed Garcia to crawl into the machine while it was on, to fix it. Bowling Alley...

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Phone Application to Lower Heat-Related Deaths

These high temperatures come with health concerns, especially for those who work outdoors. Having vital information at your fingertips could mean the difference between life and death, luckily there’s an app for that. Hundreds of construction workers and laborers across the valley have to deal with summer temperatures surpassing the 100 degree mark. Working conditions for Galvan and his co-workers are a challenge: working seven to eight hours a day under the sun. The occupational safety and health administration says people in these jobs are especially susceptible to heat-illnesses. With over 4,000 cases each year, and an average of...

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Worker’s Union Protest to Take Place outside Capitol Wednesday

In an effort to fight for fair labor practices across Texas, several worker unions are organizing a large protest outside the Capitol in Austin to take place tomorrow. Activists from the Worker’s Union in the Valley say it is important to them to have their voices heard, as they plan to go door to door at the Capitol and lobby in favor of a series of bills currently being considered in Austin. It happens more often than it should. Abuse cases in the workplace, either for wage theft or negligence and lack of training that leads to serious accidents....

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