Ohio Excavating Company Fined $202K Following Fatal Trench Collapse


The United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), after an employee suffered a fatal wound in a trench in Ohio, JK Excavating & Utilities Inc. OSHA proposed $ 202,201 in penalties and placed the company in the Execution Program for Severe Violations.

OSHA researchers have found workers in a residential construction work in Morrow, Ohio working in trenches up to 16 meters without enough cave protection. OSHA accused the company not to use protective systems to prevent a cave; applying methods to remove accumulated water; Use the stairs correctly to open and exit the pit; preventing employees from working under a suspended ditch box; ensure that employees wear hard hats; and in case of injury we take the necessary precautions for immediate medical intervention.

The company has 15 business days to receive citations and penalties, asks for an informal conference with the regional director of the OSHA or discusses findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Oversee Commission.

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