A Missouri plumbing contractor was cited following the death of a worker in an unprotected trench. Shortly after the death, another employee of the company was found working in a similar situation at another location. OSHA cited the company for six willful and eight serious violations of workplace safety standards and proposed $714,142 in penalties. Violations include failure to provide basic safeguards to prevent trench collapse, and not training employees to recognize and avoid cave-in and other hazards. Trench collapses are among the most dangerous hazards in the construction industry. In 2016, OSHA received reports of 23 deaths and 12 injuries nationwide in trench and excavation operations. In the first five months of 2017, 15 deaths and 19 injuries have been reported nationwide. Click here to read more.