Trench Safety Violations Net $65K Fine

August 3, 2012

Site Engineering has been fined $65,800 for trench-safety violations at a site in Atlanta, according to OSHA. The agency cited one willful and two serious safety violations.

The willful violation involves failing to remove workers from a trench that had an inadequate protective system and therefore exposed them to the hazard of a possible cave-in. Although the company had a competent person on-site who should have recognized this hazard, there was no evidence that any action was taken to protect the workers.

The serious violations involve failing to train workers to recognize trenching and excavation hazards, and provide head protection for an employee working inside a 17-foot-deep trench who was exposed to “struck-by” hazards from an excavator bucket and falling objects overhead.