Two Contractors Citied By OSHA For Their Role In Kyle Field Death

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COLLEGE STATION - Two contractors working on the renovation and expansion of Texas A&M's Kyle Field have been cited for violations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Lindamood Demolition Incorporated out of Irving and Texas Cutting and Coring based in Round Rock were fined more than 130-thousand dollars in the death of Angel Garcia back in December. Casey Perkins, OSHA's area director in Austin, says the experienced contractors failed to provide employees with safe demolition procedures despite concerns from workers. He says, ‘This disregard for worker safety is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

Lindamood had three violations totaling 63-thousand dollars for exceeding the operating capacity of a skid -steer loader, and failure to provide effective fall prevention measures. Two of the violations were willful meaning violations committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements or with plain indifference to workers safety and health.

Texas Cutting and Coring had two violations of more than 67-thousand dollars for {} exposing workers to the hazard and failing to provide fall protection. Garcia worked for Lindamood when he operated a loader on December 2, 2013 when it became overloaded. He fell over a ramp wall falling four stories down.

Due to the willful violation, Lindamood has been placed on OSHA's "Severe Violator Enforcement Program" which requires follow-up inspections to ensure they're complying with the law. Lindamood didn't comment on the fines, but the owner of Texas Cutting and Coring says they will be fighting it.