Grand Rapids Excavating Company Must Cease Operations Following OSHA Violations

An excavating company based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, must pay penalties of more than $509,000 and cease business operations for “serious violations” of trenching and excavation standards. Kamphuis Pipeline Company reached a settlement with OSHA after a series of inspections in 2017 found that the company repeatedly exposed employees to trench cave-in hazards while workers were installing water metering pits and lines.

OSHA says the company also failed to follow other requirements for working safely in trenches and excavations. The settlement agreement requires Kamphuis Pipeline Company to pay the penalties, voluntarily terminate all operations, and dissolve the company’s corporate status in South Dakota…read more

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