Cal/OSHA Cites Firm in Trench Death, Proposes $141K Fine

Cal/OSHA Cites Firm in Trench Death, Proposes $141K Fine

Kim Slowey | Construction Dive

The California Division of Operational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) cited Oakland, California-based contractor Bay Construction Co. over the trench death of one of its workers and proposed the company pay a $141,075 fine.

The agency said that in April, Bay was dismantling a trench box while a worker was still inside. Another worker was using an excavator to remove 5,000-pound, shoring-system rails when a bridle sling hook failed, dropped a rail and crushed the worker inside the trench box. Cal/OSHA issued Bay a total of nine citations — five general, two serious, one serious accident-related and one willful-serious accident-related — for a variety of violations, including failure to: ensure that no workers were in the trench shield while it was being dismantled; use adequate bridle-sling hooks; inspect the excavation site daily for potential hazards and train employees on working safely around excavations…(Read the full story)

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