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News » US » Trench cave-in brings fine for Jacksonville contractor » published 8 Mar 2018

Trench cave-in brings fine for Jacksonville contractor

A Jacksonville utilities contractor is facing proposed penalties of US$271,606 following a trench collapse on one of its sites.

The US Department of Labor has cited Jax Utilities Management Inc for willful and serious safety violations that resulted in employees being exposed to trenching hazards.

OSHA initiated its investigation after an employee was injured and hospitalized when an unprotected trench collapsed.

Willful citations were issued for exposing employees to hazards and allowing employees to work without cave-in protection. The company was also issued a serious citation for allowing water to accumulate in the trench, which contributed to the collapse.

The investigation was part of OSHA’s national emphasis program on trenching and excavation. Jax Utilities Management Inc has been placed in OSHA’s severe violator enforcement program.

“Trenching and excavation hazards are preventable,” said Brian Sturtecky, OSHA jacksonville area office director. “This employer knowingly exposed employees to dangerous and potentially fatal hazards, and this injury could have been avoided if the employer had used required protective systems.”

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its 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 8 Mar 2018 (last updated on 8 Mar 2018).

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