Boyles Construction, Little Rock, AR, was fined $47,600 by OSHA after a trenching cave-in injured an employee.
Upon investigation, OSHA cited the company for one willful, seven serious, and one other-than-serious violations while workers were around a 7- to 8-foot deep trench. The violations included failure to: provide protective helmets, provide a safe means to exit the trench, maintain excavation material at least two feet from the edge of the excavation, and create slopes or steps along the sides of the trench to prevent a collapse.
"Fortunately, this collapse wasn't fatal," said Carlos Reynolds, OSHA's area office director in Little Rock, "but there were still serious physical and financial consequences for the worker who was injured in the collapse. He needlessly suffered a number of broken bones because the company chose not to follow industry standard measures to prevent the collapse."