Los Angeles Engineering to Pay More Than $100,000 in Fines

Due to a trench collapse that killed a worker in March, the company receives four violations

According to a press release from the California Department of Industrial Relations, Los Angeles Engineering, Inc. based in Covina, CA has received $100,635 in fines after one worker was killed and another severely injured from a trench collapse in March.

The trench collapse occurred with two pipe layers were checking the depth of a trench and a wall caved in.

The company received four violations from Cal/OSHA, two of which were serious and one of which was a willful serious violation. The violations include failure to protect the trench from caving in, not inspecting the trench after a cave-in that happened earlier that day, lack of employee training on heat illness protection and lack of an Injury and Illness Prevention plan. The willful serious violation occurred because the employer did not install the required shoring in the trench after the cave-in from earlier in the day.

For more information, visit: http://www.dir.ca.gov/DIRNews/2013/IR2013-48.pdf

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