Builder, staffing agency cited for fatal trench collapse

Builder, staffing agency cited for fatal trench collapse

Gloria Gonzalez | Business Insurance

Federal workplace safety regulators have cited and proposed penalties totaling $152,618 against a construction company and a staffing agency after a fatal trench collapse.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited All Power Construction Corp. and staffing agency Labor Finders of Tennessee Inc. after a temporary employee installing sewer lines suffered a fatal injury in the trench collapse, according to a statement issued on Friday.

OSHA issued willful and serious citations to All Power for allowing employees to work in a trench without cave-in protection, failing to provide a safe means to enter and exit the trench, and not having a competent person inspect the trench to identify potential hazards, according to the statement. OSHA cited the staffing agency for one serious violation for not ensuring that employees were trained on trenching and excavation hazards…(Read the full story)

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