Ohio Construction Company Faces Citations for Excavation Hazards

Slapped with $68,500 in violations, an Ohio company failed to sufficiently protect workers from cave-ins.

A construction company in Ohio faces four citations from OSHA after they exposed employees to excavation hazards. The fines, amounting to $68,500, came after Carter Construction Co. in Loveland failed to supply workers in a 20-foot-deep trench with adequate protection from cave-ins.

The company did not provide sidewall protection in the deep trench, being dug for an underground storm sewer pipe. Two other violations were failing to keep equipment at least two feel from the edge of the trench and not having sufficient entrance and exit points from the trench.

"Carter Construction has a responsibility to ensure that workers are properly protected from known workplace hazards such as trench cave-ins, a leading cause of death and injury in excavation work," said Bill Wilkerson, OSHA's area director in Cincinnati, in a statement on the OSHA website. "OSHA is committed to protecting workers, especially when employers fail to do so."

Carter Construction has 15 days to pay the fines or contest the violations before the independent Occupational Safety and Review Committee.

Product Showcase

  • EMSL Analytical, Inc. - Air Sampling Supplies & Testing Labs

    EMSL Analytical, Inc. operates laboratories throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for Asbestos, Mold, Silica, Lead & Metals, Bacteria, Legionella, USP , Combustion By-Products, VOC’s, Radon, PCB’s, Formaldehyde, METH/Fentanyl, Identification of Dust & Unknowns. Sampling Pumps, Cassettes, Media & Supplies available. Reach us at 1-800.220.3675 Read More

  • NoiseCHEK Personal Noise Dosimeter

    SKC NoiseCHEK is the easiest-to-use dosimeter available! Designed specifically for OEHS professionals, SKC NoiseCHEK offers the easiest operation and accurate noise measurements. Everything you need is right in your palm. Pair Bluetooth models to your mobile devices and monitor workers remotely with the SmartWave dB app without interrupting workflow. Careful design features like a locking windscreen, sturdy clip, large front-lit display, bright status LEDs, and more make NoiseCHEK the top choice in noise dosimeters. Demo NoiseCHEK at AIHA Connect Booth 1003. Read More

  • HAZ LO HEADLAMPS

    With alkaline or rechargeable options, these safety rated, Class 1, Div. 1 Headlamps provide long runtime with both spot and flood options in the same light. Work safely and avoid trip hazards with flexible hands-free lighting from Streamlight. Read More

Featured

Webinars