In Boise, Idaho, the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) found a local contractor, Titan Technologies Inc., putting its workers at risk of serious and fatal injury by having them work in trenches without cave-in protections. This is the third time — in three years — that the company has been cited for the same safety violation. Titan committed similar violations at other work sites in 2012 and 2014.
Employees were found working in trenches without cave-in protections, such as sloping, benching or other engineering controls. For its actions, Titan Technologies faces proposed OSHA fines of $22,000 for repeated serious violations and $2,200 for serious violations.
"We are very fortunate to have found these hazards before workers were badly hurt or killed," said David Kearns, area director of OSHA's Boise office. "When it comes to trench safety cave-in protection is critical to protecting lives."
Titan Technologies has 15 days to appeal the proposed violations. If the company does not contest the penalties, it must pay the fines within 15 days and submit abatement certifications 10 days after correcting each violation.