June 2018 Enforcement

Contractor Cited for Exposing Workers to Trench Hazards

OSHA

OSHA cited excavation contractor Kamphuis Pipeline Co., for exposing employees to trench cave-ins and struck-by hazards on a North Dakota municipal water site project. OSHA proposed penalties of $454,750. The company has contested the citations, and the case will be reviewed by the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

OSHA inspected the Logan and Kidder Counties water project site in September and October 2017. Inspectors determined that the company failed to protect employees from struck-by hazards; did not place excavated soil piles far enough away from trench edges; and failed to utilize appropriate protective systems during trenching operations. The company did not identify hazards and take corrective action when warranted.

Read the news release for more information.

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