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Contractor Cited For Letting Employees Work in Unprotected Trench

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued one willful citation to an employer for allowing employees to work in a 9.5-foot-deep excavation without cave-in protection.

May 18, 2015

An example of trench shoring; the process of bracing the walls of a trench to prevent collapse.

 

 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued one willful citation to an employer for allowing employees to work in a 9.5-foot-deep excavation without cave-in protection.

At the time of the inspection, workers were installing sewer lines at the intersection of Lee and Washington Roads in Fort Jackson, S.C.

Additionally, three serious violations were issued for failing to provide a safe entrance and exit from the trench, allowing workers to operate an excavator too close to the opening of the trench and exposing workers to trip and fall hazards from an open hole.

OSHA requires that all trenches and excavation sites, 5-feet deep or more, be protected against sidewall collapse.

The proposed penalties total $68,600.

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