Trench death leads to proposed fine of $145,860 for Ohio contractor

An Ohio plumbing contractor faces proposed fines of $145,860 following a trench collapse that killed a 43-year-old employee during a residential sewer installation project.

Payne Enterprises of Dayton was cited for two repeat violations for failing to install adequate collapse protection and for not having a competent person inspect the trench before employees entered it, according to theĀ U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Each violation carries a penalty of $72,930…read more

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