The fatality rate for excavation work is 112 percent higher than the rate for general construction

Etna Construction Digs Up $200,000 in OSHA Fines

March 6, 2019
Pennsylvania company exposed employees to excavation hazards.

OSHA has cited Etna Construction Inc. for failing to protect its workers against trenching hazards.

The agency discovered numerous violation at the Warminster, Penn.-based company's Philadelphia job site.

“Employees can be seriously or fatally injured in a matter of seconds when a trench collapses,” said OSHA Philadelphia Area Office Director Theresa Downs, in a statement. “Trench-related injuries are preventable when employees are trained properly, and the required protections are in place.”

Etna Construction faces a proposed $208,560 in penalties for failing to install protective systems inside the excavation area; failing to provide a safe means of exit from the excavation area; failing to correct excavation deficiencies; and not instructing workers 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, according to OSHA.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings.

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