OSHA has proposed $94,250 in penalties for seven safety violations after inspecting an Atlanta worksite, according to an agency press release. The site is located at Fulton Industrial Boulevard, where according to OSAH inspectors, employees were exposed to cave-in hazards.
The hazard was created by
placing excavated material within two feet of the trench and allowing employees
to work in an 18-foot-deep trench without an adequate protective system, OSHA
said in the release. Employees of two construction contractors were installing
storm drainage and sewer lines.
OSHA cited Plateau
Excavation Inc. from Austell, Ga., with two repeat safety violations and
proposed penalties of $75,000. The company also was cited with one serious
violation, carrying a $7,000 proposed penalty, for not providing employees with
a means of egress from the trench.
Graham, Ala.-based Beck
Inc. also was cited with four serious safety violations and $12,250 in proposed
penalties. In the release, OSHA noted the contractor failed to provide hazard
recognition training to employees, provided inadequate access for a
24-foot-deep trench, allowed excavated materials to be placed too near the edge
of a trench and did not provide an adequate protective system for employees
working in a trench.
companies have 15 business days from receipt of the citations to contest the
violations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety
and Health Review Commission. The site was inspected by staff from OSHA’s
Atlanta-West Area Office.
OSHA Could Fine $94,000 for Unsafe Trench (4/25)
April 25, 2008