A South Florida contracting company apparently didn't learn its lesson the first time around, in 2010, when it was cited by OSHA for having an employee work in a 10-
foot-deep trench at a Miami site with no cave-in protection. American Engineering and Development Corp. was just hit with a $34,650 repeat violation fine for the same violation -- albeit at a different site in Miami. The company was also cited for five serious violations, all trench related:
Proposed fines total $69,300.
"Excavation cave-ins cause serious and often fatal injuries, and OSHA will not allow employers to take chances with workers' lives," said Darlene Fossum, director of OSHA's area office in Fort Lauderdale.
Detailed information on trenching and excavation hazards is available at www.osha.gov/SLTC/trenchingexcavation/index.html.
American Engineering and Development Corp. is based in Hialeah Gardens.