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California Pipeline Co. Fined $242K for Deadly Trench Collapse

A California pipeline company faces penalties of $242,500 for a deadly trench collapse it could have prevented had it followed basic safety rules. According to Cal/OSHA, on July 27 of last year, Platinum Pipeline Inc. of Livermore ordered its employees to grade the bottom of an unsecured 14-foot-deep trench even when it identified the soil as unstable. The workers, who were given no protection from a possible trench cave-in, were digging trenches to install two storm drain pipes at a residential construction site in Daly City. Three of the five workers were trained and competent in excavation processes and hazards, but ... Read More

OSHA aims to reduce excavation, trench-related deaths by 10%

Excavation and trench-related fatalities in 2016 were nearly twice the average of the previous five years, making evacuation and trenching operations one of the most dangerous in the construction industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Trench collapses or cave-ins pose the greatest risk to these workers, as one cubic yard of dirt can weigh as much as a Honda Civic. “Trench deaths have more than doubled nationwide since last year – an alarming and unacceptable trend that must be halted,” says Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). “There is ... Read More

Family of Worker Killed in Cesspool Collapse Seeks $50 Million

The family of a Long Island man who was killed after being knocked into a cesspool under construction last May is seeking $50 million in damages, alleging employers responsible for the project overlooked critical safety measures. Edward Sinnott, 59, of Huntington, Long Island, was killed when the edge of a cesspool pit he and other workers were excavating collapsed. According to Long Island’s Newsday, Mr. Sinnott fell into the pit and suffocated under mounds of dirt that fell on top of him. Emergency crews worked to free Mr. Sinnott from the pit but couldn’t pull him from the trench in ... Read More

Company Owner Pleads Guilty in Worker’s Trench Collapse Death

A trench collapse that killed a 21-year-old worker at an excavation site in Western Pennsylvania has led to the company owner pleading guilty in federal court to a criminal charge of “Willful Violation of an OSHA Regulation Causing the Death of an Employee.” According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Wayne A. George, the owner of a Pittsburgh-based company called A Rooter Man, pleaded guilty to the criminal charge Nov. 27. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Feb. 21, 2018. On Sept. 28, 2015, Jacob Casher, a Rooter Man employee who had just turned 21 ... Read More

Mobile Worker Buried in Trench Collapse Dies

A worker at a plant nursery in Mobile, Alabama was airlifted to a hospital after a trench he was working in collapsed on top of him and buried him under tons of dirt. The man later died of his injuries. According to Mobile’s WPMI, the trench collapse occurred around 11:30 Monday morning at Flowerwood Nursery in Mobile. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sent officials there to investigate the circumstances of the fatal accident. Officials said workers at the nursery were digging a trench to lay water lines when the walls of the trench caved in on one of ... Read More

Safety Lapses Cause Trench Cave-In Deaths

When a trench cave-in buried her son under tons of soil last December, Theresa O’Hare had to be held back physically from the owner of Arrow Plumbing LLC, a Blue Springs, Missouri company with a shoddy safety history. Ms. O’Hare’s son Donald J. “D.J.” Meyer, 33, was made to work on a sewer line at the bottom a 12-foot-deep trench that was not shored up to prevent a cave-in as federal safety rules mandate. The worksite was at a Belton, Missouri residence. According to The Kansas City Star, Ms. O’Hare re-lived some of that rage all over again when she ... Read More

Trench Excavation Deaths More Than Doubled In 2016

In June, 33-year-old James Rogers  was crushed to death as he was digging in a 12-foot trench in Washington Township, Ohio, after the trench walls caved in and buried him under tons of dirt. His death was a part of an “alarming and unacceptable” trend in trench deaths, which have more than doubled since last year, federal regulators say. It took hours for rescue workers to recover Mr. Rogers’ body. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) probed the circumstances surrounding Mr. Rogers’ death and that investigation revealed some disturbing evidence that his employer, KRW Plumbing LLC, showed little regard ... Read More

Minnesota Worker buried by trench collapse dies at hospital

One of two Minnesota construction workers who were injured after being buried in a trench collapse Tuesday morning has died from his injuries. According to The (Minneapolis) Star Tribune, Jimmy Scott, Klous, 48, was inside a trench at a construction site just west of Minneapolis in Minnetonka when the dirt walls gave way around 10 a.m. Tuesday. Mr. Klous and another worker, identified as Tory Swan, who was also buried in the trench collapse, were digging a trench for a city project that involved replacing aging storm and sewer infrastructure and other improvements. Both men were working for Dave Perkins ... Read More

Birmingham Plumbing Contractor Fined For Endangering Workers At Montgomery Excavation Site

Federal safety regulators hit a Birmingham, Ala.-based plumbing contractor with nearly $44,000 in fines for violations, saying the company “deliberately ignores OSHA safety standards, exposing its workers to trench cave-in hazards.” Stephens Plumbing Inc., a commercial and residential plumbing contracting company, was performing trenching and excavation work on the Eastern Boulevard in Montgomery when an Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) inspector from the agency’s regional office in Mobile visited the work site. OSHA initiated the inspection as part of its National Emphasis Program on trenching and excavation work – a national effort to drive down the number of worksite ... Read More

Feds To Investigate Fatal Construction Accident At Wetumpka Airport

WETUMPKA, ALA. — Federal safety investigators are investigating a fatal construction accident Jan. 20. The worker was killed on the job during a project at the Wetumpka Municipal Airport. The worker, an employee of a construction company contracted to build a drainage ditch at the airport, died of injuries he sustained when he was struck by a concrete drainage pipe, Detective Mike Hafley of the Wetumpka Police Department told The Wetumpka Herald. The fatal construction accident occurred around 4:30 p.m., authorities said. The Wetumpka Herald reported that the worker was “fatally injured … by one of the concrete drain (pipes) striking him,” ... Read More