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Contractor faces fines over Florida site deaths

Archer Western Construction Inc has been cited by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for safety violations after two employees suffered fatal injuries while working at a Miami site.

OSHA inspectors determined that a section of a concrete highway barrier collapsed on the two employees as they removed a storm drain system.

The Atlanta-based company faces US$33,259 in proposed fines, including the maximum penalties for exposing employees to struck-by hazards by allowing them to work near a concrete barrier that was not shored, braced, or underpinned. It has also been cited for allowing employees to perform trenching work in an area that was not inspected for hazards.

The investigation was part of OSHA's National Emphasis Program on Trenching & Excavation.

"Trenching and excavation work is especially dangerous when appropriate protective systems are not used," said OSHA Fort Lauderdale area office director Condell Eastmond. "This tragedy could have been prevented if the employer had ensured that adjoining structures were shored, braced, or underpinned to avoid a collapse."

Archer Western Construction Inc has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission.

 

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This article was published on 7 Aug 2018 (last updated on 7 Aug 2018).

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