P.T. Ferro Construction Co., Joliet, Ill., has been cited for putting workers at risk in Lansing in July. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed fines of $104,756.
OSHA says Ferro allowed employees to work in a 7-foot-deep trench without cave-in protection and a means to exit the trench quickly in a collapse. OSHA also said a competent person was aware of the hazardous conditions but still allowed the worker to enter the trench.
This is the seventh time since 1976 that OSHA has cited P.T. Ferro for allowing similar hazards to endanger workers. The agency also cited the company in 1990, 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2010.