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by: NPHM | December 21, 2012

OSHA Fines Excavating Company for Unsafe Working Conditions

December 21, 2012 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced this past Wednesday it had levied fines against an Ohio-based excavating company, Bontrager Excavating Ltd., for failing to protect employees’ safety while digging trenches. According to a press release, the fines were issued at the conclusion of a June inspection that was conducted after OSHA received complaints of unsafe work conditions. The company has a history of workers suffering catastrophic injuries as a result of accidents that occur on jobsites. In December 2010 in Stark County, one worker was killed and another was injured when a trench collapsed. During the company’s seven inspections since 1992, it has been cited 17 times for trenching regulation violations. The most recent inspection found three violations that resulted in $115,500 in fines being issued. The violations included:
  • Failing to provide cave-in protection measures for workers in trenches
  • Failing to ensure piles of soil were at least two feet back from a trench’s edge
  • Failing to provide a safe means of exiting a trench for workers
The company now has 15 days to appeal or comply with the citations. The Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller, & McCarthy know that employers have a responsibility to ensure employees have a safe and healthy environment in which to conduct their work. It’s important to discuss your legal options with an attorney if you have been hurt in a work-related accident that was not your fault.

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