OSHA Fines Firms In Trench Fatality

December 2004
ENR: Engineering News-Record;12/20/2004, Vol. 253 Issue 24, p19
Trade Publication
This article reports that two Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based companies could face $382,875 in penalties by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) following a June trench fatality. Federal officials say Wagner Development Co. Inc. and Wagner Excavation Services Inc. ignored prior warnings about safety hazards. The firms had rented a trench box but failed to use it prior to a cave-in that killed one employee and injured another worker at the Trinity Park Storm Water project in North Franklin Township, Pennsylvania. Trenching safety requirements had previously been discussed with company officials, including the project foreman, during a February 2004 inspection, according to OSHA. To underscore its commitment to preventing accidents at trenching and excavation sites, OSHA and the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) on December 6, signed an alliance that will emphasize education. NUCA and OSHA also will develop educational programs on trench and excavation safety, fact sheets and compliance assistance cards.


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