Pennsylvania contractor pleads guilty, pays $250K in fines for deadly trench safety violation

Pennsylvania contractor pleads guilty, pays $250K in fines for deadly trench safety violation

Kim Slowey | Construction Dive

A Pennsylvania bridge contractor has pleaded guilty to willfully violating the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) trench safety rule — an action that led to an employee death in 2015 — and has paid a $250,000 fine for that criminal misdemeanor, according to PennLive.

On July 7, 2015, 37-year-old Susquehanna Supply Co. employee Richard Gold III was removing loose dirt from a 12-foot-deep trench near a bridge rehabilitation project when a trench wall collapsed and crushed him against an abutment, killing him instantly. The company admitted that it did not slope the trench wall according to the requirements set out by OSHA standards…(Read the full story)

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