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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

Deadly Jobsite Trench Collapse Leads To Manslaughter Charges

The state of Washington has charged the owner of a Seattle construction company with second-degree manslaughter for the death of a worker killed in a trench collapse accident. The charges against Phillip Numrich, the owner of Alki Construction, could signal the state’s intentions to get tougher on employers whose willful negligence puts the lives of workers at risk. According to the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), the action marks the first time a workplace fatality has prompted a felony charge in Washington state. Mr. Numrich also faces a gross misdemeanor charge for violating a labor safety regulation with ... 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

Construction company Faces Fines After Trench Collapse

A South Dakota construction company has been hit with more than $95,000 in proposed fines for failing to protect its workers from trench collapse hazards. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a 34-year-old worker employed by First Dakota Enterprises Inc. was completely buried when the walls of a 14-foot trench caved in around him. Co-workers quickly jumped in to try and dig the man out and were able to free his head from beneath the tons of dirt that trapped the rest of his body. The worker was able to breathe while rescuers arrived at the ... Read More

OSHA investigating trench collapse death with no cave-in protection

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced an investigation into a cave-in incident that killed the owner of Krepline Trucking & Excavating Inc. from Appleton, Wis. According to OSHA’s Rhonda Burke, 46-year-old Scott A. Krepline was working in a trench by himself in Kaukauna, Wis., on the afternoon of Nov. 10 when the walls surrounding him collapsed inward. Although emergency responders attempted to get to him in time, Krepline was pronounced dead at the scene. “Preliminary reports indicate that the company was trenching and installing sewer line between new storage unit locations and an existing commercial business when ... Read More