The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Wednesday announced $ 1.3 million in fines to "serial offenders" Atlantic Coast Utilities LLC / Advanced Utilities Inc., which the agency says caused the deaths of two workers at a Boston cemetery in February.
On February 24, at a sewage repair site in downtown Boston, two workers died after a dump truck struck them and pushed them into a nine-foot-deep ditch.
For its employer, Atlantic Coast Utilities LLC / Advanced Utilities Inc., its predecessor and owner, the incident "is the latest in a long history of ignoring the safety and health of its employees," according to OSHA, whose follow-up investigation led to the discovery of 28 alleged violations. [1
The foremost of the violations was the company's refusal to train its workers to recognize and avoid work – related hazards and its failure to carry out on – site inspections to identify and correct hazards, including the risks of being hit by construction vehicles and other traffic, crushed or engulfed in an unguarded ditch and overcome by a lack of oxygen or toxic atmosphere in the trench and an adjacent well.
Prior to the February incident, OSHA Atlantic Coast Utilities LLC / Advanced Utilities Inc. and its predecessors inspected companies six times, citing a total of 14 violations, including intentional, repeated, and serious violations, with fines of $ 81,242, of which $ 73,542. dollars were unpaid and have been referred to debt collection.
The company could not be immediately reached for comment.