OSHA recently updated the National Emphasis Program on preventing trenching and excavation collapses in response to a recent spike in trenching fatalities.
OSHA recently cited a Missouri excavating company for allowing two employees to work in an unprotected trench while installing sewer pipe.
The company now faces proposed penalties of over $189 thousand dollars.
OSHA inspectors determined that the company:
- failed to use benching, sloping, shoring, or other protective systems to prevent a trench collapse;
- conduct regular inspections of the jobsite;
- adequately train workers to recognize and avoid unsafe trench conditions;
- ensure a safe means for exiting the excavation;
- and ensure that excavated materials were kept at least 2 feet from the trench edge.
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.
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