A Colorado contractor who was cited by safety regulators last summer after a teenage worker died after being struck by a piece of asphalt at an excavation site has been cited again by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
OSHA announced Wednesday a lawsuit against Commerce City-based GoldStar Excavation and Sewer after investigators said the company again exposed employees to excavation hazards at an excavation project in Fort Collins in March.
One of the workers reportedly exposed to the hazards was a supervisor who had also been injured on August 13, 2022 at the scene of the teenage worker’s death, which had led to $15,625 in proposed penalties.
In the latest case, OSHA cited the company for willful violations for exposing employees to caving and failing to train workers to recognize excavation hazards. This time, the company received proposed penalties of $206,698.
OSHA also placed the company in its Serious Violation Program.
The family business, which provides water and sewer services, has 15 days to contest the latest lawsuit and penalties.