May 2018 Enforcement

Nebraska Company Cited for Exposing Workers to Trenching Hazards

Nebraska

Omaha-based plumbing contractor Gavrooden Inc., was cited for the second time in less than six months for failing to protect its workers from excavation collapse hazards. OSHA inspectors observed employees working in an unprotected trench while repairing a sewer line. The company was cited in November 2017 for similar hazards at another worksite. Proposed penalties total $38,061.

OSHA inspectors observed employees working in an unprotected trench while repairing a sewer line. OSHA cited the company for one willful and four serious violations for failing to use a protective system to prevent trench collapse; train workers on trenching hazards; and place soil piles a safe distance from the open excavation. OSHA cited the company in November 2017 for similar hazards at another worksite.

For more information, see the news release.

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