Wednesday, February 15, 2012

OSHA Fines Will Run Deep on Trenching Violations

I just read the following notice from OSHA about over $100,000 in fines against a CT contractor for repeated trenching violations on a sewer line project.  Contractors must be sure to observe safety measures when digging as employees' lives are at stake.  A few years ago, one of my remodeling clients lost an employee when a ditch collapsed and buried him.  They were digging a 4 ft deep trench to expose a sewer connection while renovating a home.  The employees were removing dirt from the trench with buckets and dumping the dirt too close to the edge.  Unfortunately, the wall collapsed onto an employee, and he lost his life.  This is serious business.

Here is a link to some OSHA guidelines for safe digging.  Please make sure you work these into your company safety program:

Here is a link to the OSHA article about the CT contractor.  No one was hurt on this job, but that doesn't mean the threat didn't exist.

Be safe.

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