ST. LOUIS, MO -- Scofflaw contractors take heed. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the arrests and incarcertation of the former and current owners of Andre Stone & Mason Work Inc. in St. Louis for repeatedly failing to comply with court sanctions enforcing Occupational Safety and Health Administration citations

Brian Andre, former owner of Andre Tuckpointing and Brickwork, and Regina Shaw, owner of Andre Stone & Mason Work Inc., the successor company to Andre Tuckpointing and Brickwork were arrested following the court's initial ruling of contempt against them in January 2010.

"Employers who expose workers to hazards and blatantly ignore OSHA citations will not be allowed to escape their responsibility of keeping workers safe – or sanctions levied against them for failing to do so," said Charles Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City, MO.

OSHA issued numerous citations from June 2003 to the present, to both the original company and its successor, for willful, repeat and serious violations related to fall hazards, scaffolding erection deficiencies, power tool guarding and other hazards in connection with multiple St. Louis-area projects.

In addition to being jailed, the court ordered that Andre and Show pay outstanding penalties, continually accruing interest and other miscellaneous fees in the current amount of $258,582.  Andre Stone & Mason Work Inc. must provide OSHA weekly notification of all current jobs and known future jobs at least 72 hours prior to commencement of work for a period of three years. The company also must provide training to all persons currently and subsequently designated as jobsite "competent persons" prior to beginning any work and provide the department with records of such training.

Read more about Andre Stone & Mason Work Inc.'s OSHA sanctions.

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