Construction firm fined for trenching, excavation violations

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Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries has fined a Vancouver construction company that specializes in excavation and trenching $126,400 for multiple safety violations, the department announced on Tuesday.

Colf Construction was a subcontractor on the 10th Street Bridge project in Ridgefield, Washington, on March 20, 2018, when the Division of Occupational Safety and Health opened the inspection, which resulted in eight site visits over five months, finding trenching violations. The inspections resulted in six willful and serious violations, according to a statement.
Violations did not include the fact that workers were not protected from caves, no daily excavation inspections were carried out, workers were not removed from hazardous areas, workers were not working under suspended loads, there were no safe access or exit from the excavations and there was no fall protection. Declaration.

Colf Construction, which has 15 working days to object to the quote, could not be reached immediately for comment.

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