April 2019 Enforcement

Pennsylvania Construction Company Cited for Exposing Workers to Trenching Hazards


OSHA cited Etna Construction, Inc., for exposing workers to excavation hazards at a worksite. The company was cited for trenching hazards; failing to install protective systems inside a trench, provide a safe means of exit from the trench, ensure that workers wore hardhats, and properly guard protruding steel. The company faces penalties of $208,560.

OSHA determined that the company failed to install protective systems inside the excavation area; provide a safe means of exit from the excavation area; correct excavation deficiencies; and instruct employees on recognizing excavation hazards. The employer also failed to ensure employees wore hardhats to prevent head injuries and did not properly guard protruding reinforced steel.

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