Split Decision Issued Against Contractor in Alleged Trenching Violations

Split Decision Issued Against Contractor in Alleged Trenching Violations

Gloria Gonzalez | Business Insurance

An administrative law judge of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission issued a split decision in a case against a North Dakota contractor relating to alleged trenching violations.

A compliance safety and health officer and a trainee saw an active, open trench in Bismarck, North Dakota, on their way to another inspection site and opened an investigation under the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s National Emphasis Program on trenches, according to commission documents. The officer observed that the spoil pile sat at the very edge of the trench, prompting him to take measurements, conduct interviews and collect samples. Prior to leaving the worksite, the officer asked the foreman of Insulation-N-Coatings, a company focusing on the installation and repair of underground utilities and doing business as Mandan, North Dakota-based Force Enterprises, to make sure to push the spoil pile back from the edge of the trench before any employees re-entered…(Read the full story)

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