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News » US » Dangerous excavation brings $189k fine for Missouri contractor » published 20 Jul 2018

Dangerous excavation brings $189k fine for Missouri contractor

A Missouri-based contractor faces penalties of over US$189,000 after safety inspectors saw two employees working in unprotected trench while installing sewers.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Karrenbrock Excavating LLC. OSHA inspectors determined that the company failed to use benching, sloping, shoring or other protective systems to prevent a trench collapse. They also found that the company did not conduct regular inspections of the site; adequately train workers to recognize and avoid unsafe trench conditions; or ensure a safe means for exiting the excavation. In addition, the company failed to ensure that excavated materials were kept at least two feet from the trench edge.

OSHA initiated the inspection under its National Emphasis Program on Trenching & Excavation.

“A trench can collapse in seconds and trap workers under thousands of pounds of soil,” said OSHA St Louis Area Office director Bill McDonald. “Employers performing excavation work must develop and implement safety procedures to properly protect their employees from cave-ins, and train crews to recognize and evaluate hazards.”

Karrenbrock Excavating LLC has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and 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 20 Jul 2018 (last updated on 20 Jul 2018).

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