OSHA has cited Corley Contractors, operating as C&L Contractors, for exposing employees to excavation hazards while installing water and sewer lines at a worksite in Acworth, Georgia. The company faces $106,078 in penalties.
OSHA initiated an inspection after observing employees exposed to trenching hazards. Inspectors determined that Corley failed to install a protective cave-in system inside the excavation area, and did not provide a safe means to enter and exit the excavation.
“In a matter of seconds, employees can be seriously or fatally injured when a trench collapses,” said OSHA Atlanta-West Acting Area Office Director Jeffery Stawowy. “Employers are required to slope, shore, or shield trench walls to protect workers from cave-ins.”