OSHA Cites Contractor Twice in Three Months for Trench Cave-in Dangers

The agency has proposed more than $64K in fines

OSHA has issued one willful and one repeated safety violation to D&J Enterprises after a January inspection as part of its National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavation.

The agency has cited D&J Enterprises for allowing employees to work in an excavation, up to 10-feet deep without cave-in protection, while installing new water and sewer lines. A repeat citation was issued for failure to provide employees information and training to recognize and avoid cave-in hazards.

“It concerns us that, after settling an October 2015 inspection that found dangerous trench hazards, D&J Enterprises continues to put workers at risk of serious injury or death,” said Joseph Roesler, OSHA’s area director in Mobile. “The employer has the responsibility for ensuring a safe and healthful job site.”

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