Two construction companies in Colorado were cited by OSHA for willfully failing to provide workers with cave-in protection while working in trenches. OSHA received a complaint and initiated an inspection on one of the companies and a second inspection on the other company was initiated when an OSHA inspector noticed an unprotected trench. The combined penalties totaled $101,200. The OSHA inspector also noticed workers in a trench more than 4 feet deep without a proper exit.
OSHA cited a contractor in Fort Jackson, South Carolina for exposing workers to trenching hazards while installing sewer lines. OSHA issued the citation for allowing workers to work in a trench 9.5 feet deep without any cave in protection. In addition, three serious violations included the lack of a safe entrance and exit from a trench, allowing an excavator too close to the sides of the trench, and multiple trip and fall hazards from an open hole. The total proposed penalties totaled $68,600.