Utility Construction Company Exposes Employees to Cave-in Hazards

Anrich Inc. exposed employees to hazards in a nearly 8-foot-deep trench, according to OSHA.

Anrich Inc., of Wayne, Pa., exposed workers to cave-in hazards in a ditch more than 7 feet deep, according to OSHA. An inspection found employees working in an unprotected excavation approximately 14 feet long, 10 feet wide, and more than 7 feet deep without proper cave-in protection and no safe means of exit. Due to rain that day, water was also accumulating in the excavation and flowing from an existing pipeline.

The company was cited for one willful, one repeat, and one serious violation because of the incident. The serious violation was issued for not protecting employees from hazards associated with water accumulation in the trench.

"Without the proper precautions to prevent cave-ins or safe means of exit, a trench can easily become a grave,” said Mark Stelmack, director of OSHA's Wilkes-Barre Area Office. "Employers are responsible for ensuring that effective safety measures are in place and in use before their workers enter a trench."

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Easy to Use Safety Incident App

    Record incidents on the go with IndustrySafe’s mobile app. Collect data for multiple types of incidents including including near misses, vehicle and environmental incidents, and employee and non-employee injuries; at job sites and remote locations—with or without web access.

  • Complete Online Safety Training Courses

    Deliver state-of-the art, online safety training courses to your organization with IndustrySafe Training Management Software. Generate reports to track training compliance and automatically notify learners of upcoming or overdue classes.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus