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Penn. Construction Co. Deemed ‘Severe Violator’ After Worker’s Trench Death

U.S. safety regulators placed a Williamsport, Penn., bridge repair and construction company into its Severe Violator Enforcement program and hit it with proposed penalties of $140,000 following the death of a worker who was buried alive when made to work in a deep trench without the proper protections. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Susquehanna Supply Company Inc. of Williamsport, Penn., has an extensive history of safety violations stretching back to the early 1970s. Despite its poor safety record, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation contracted Susquehanna Supply Co. to rehabilitate a small steel-frame bridge over the ... Read More

Construction Managers Face Manslaughter Charges For Trench Cave-In Death

New York State prosecutors have filed manslaughter charges against two construction companies and their managers for the trench cave-in death of a worker killed in April when an unsecured trench he was working in collapsed and crushed him. The worker, Carlos Moncayo, 22, was an Ecuadorean immigrant living in Queens. He was employed by Sky Materials, one of the construction companies charged in his death. Also charged are Wilmer Cueva, a Sky Materials manager; Harco Construction, and Harco manager Alfonso Prestia. Prosecutors on Wednesday said that Mr. Cueva and Mr. Prestia had repeatedly ignored warnings of perilous conditions that threatened ... Read More

Contractors cited for deadly Birmingham trench cave-in

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Federal safety authorities who investigated the site of a fatal trench cave-in at a residential construction site in Birmingham have cited a general contractor and subcontractor with a number of safety violations for failing to take the proper measures in protecting their workers. “If his employer had protected him properly as he worked in a 12-foot-deep trench to connect a new home’s plumbing to the main sewer line, 31-year-old LeDonte McCruter could have returned home at day’s end to spend time with the young nieces and nephews he adored,” the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ... Read More

Huntsville company faces steep fines, lawsuit after ordering worker into unsafe trench

HUNTSVILLE, ALA—Federal regulators are suing a Huntsville, Alabama-based house-moving company for allegedly firing one of its workers when he refused to enter a 15-foot deep trench because it was inadequately protected against cave-ins. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that DKS Structural Services, a company that specializes in structural relocation, foundation repair, and leveling, ordered an employee to work in trenches that ranged from 6 to 15 feet deep at a Huntsville worksite. The walls of one trench, measuring about 15 feet deep, began to slide and cave in, breaking the ladder that was used to get into ... Read More

Florida concrete company faces steep fines for worker injuries

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a South Florida concrete company $53,900 for safety violations that directly contributed to the injuries of two workers who were installing a storm water culvert in St. Petersburg. OSHA investigators found that All American Concrete of Largo removed the bucket from a back hoe and placed it at the edge of the excavation. Two of the employees who were working in the excavation trench were struck by the bucket after it fell into the trench with them. The bucket crushed the leg of one worker and injured the ... Read More

Fatal trench collapse amounts to steep fines for Dothan company

DOTHAN, Ala. – A southeast Alabama construction company specializing in laying sewer lines was cited for numerous safety violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration following a cave-in last September at an excavation site in Enterprise, Ala. One employee died and another was hospitalized in the incident after wet, heavy soil collapsed into a deep trench while the men were laying sewer pipe. “An unprotected trench can become a grave in seconds if its walls cave in on workers,” said Kurt Petermeyer, OSHA’s area director in Mobile. “In this case, the soil was saturated with water, and the company ... Read More

Cave-in death leads to multiple investigations and fines for excavation company

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has slapped an Illinois excavation company with $360,000 in penalties after finding a number of safety violations spread across four separate excavation projects. The OSHA investigations were prompted after a Gerardi worker was killed at one of the worksites when the trench he was digging caved in. OSHA said that Gerardi Sewer & Water Co. of Norridge, Illinois, has a long history of ignoring critical safety regulations established by government and industry partners to mitigate the dangers of trenching operations. Just as falling is the leading cause of death in the construction industry, ... Read More