The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited two Florida companies for not addressing trenching hazards.
In January of this year, Major Plumbing was installing two grease traps for a newly constructed Wal-Mart in Bradenton when the collapse of an excavation sidewall buried a worker. The worker broke his hip and had to receive hospital care following the Florida workplace accident.
MAPP Construction, the general contractor for the Wal-Mart construction project, was also cited. The company is based in Baton Rouge, La., but has a regional office in Orlando. Major Plumbing has offices in Spring Hill and Clearwater.
Major Plumbing was cited with one willful violation due to its failure to remove workers from an unprotected 12-foot-deep excavation that has been considered dangerous. That citation consists of a $56,000 penalty. They were also cited with a serious violation for not providing excavation safety training for its employees. That carries an extra $5,600 penalty.
Because MAPP Construction was the controlling employer at the worksite, it was hit with one willful violation for the failure to make sure that cave-in protection was present. They can be dunned $63,000 for that violation.
Altogether, the proposed penalties add up to $124,000.
“These employers knew the excavation was not safe and required cave-in protection, but failed to take proper action to prevent the worker from being injured,” said OSHA’s area director in Tampa.
OSHA requires that all excavations 5 feet or deeper have collapse protections in place.
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