Two Companies Cited In Collapse Of A&M Equestrian Center

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COLLEGE STATION (December 22, 2013) The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited two construction companies after the framing for a barn collapsed this summer during construction of the $80 million Texas A&M University equestrian complex.

OSHA investigated after four workers were hurt in the accident in June.

All four of the injured men work for Ramco Erectors.

The Houston-based company was fined $40,500 for seven OSHA violations.

The general contractor, Gamma Construction Co., was cited for one OSHA violation and ordered to pay $6,300.

The OSHA citations indicate the 300-foot barn collapsed because of a failure in structural stability.

The two companies have 15 days to pay the penalties or appeal, OSHA said.

The workers were in elevated positions on June 22 tying steel together on the 35-foot-tall, 300-foot-long barn on F&B Road near FM 2818 when the frame came down, College Station Fire Department spokesperson Bart Humphries said.

Ground was broken in October on the equine center, about a mile from the main campus in College Station.

The first phase of the $80 million project was set for completion in 2014.