OSHA Fines Contractor After Death of Worker

February 14, 2013

OSHA cited Ellison-Mills Contracting with three violations following the investigation of the August 2012 death of a worker. The proposed fines total $8,400.

The employee was working in a trench installing an 8-inch water line at the Gila River Indian Community in Chandler, Ariz., when he was struck by a bucket shovel that was not properly secured to excavating equipment.

OSHA cited the contractor for failing to visually inspect the quick-coupler device prior to or after attachment and prior to use; instruct the operator to recognize and avoid operation of the excavator's bucket shovel in close proximity to other workers; and ensure the work area was free from recognized hazards, including struck-by hazards during trenching.

Information on safe operation of quick-coupling devices for securing hydraulic excavator buckets is available through at https://www.osha.gov/dts/shib/shib072205a.html.

Source: OSHA