Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigators again cited a Schaumburg, Illinois-based excavation contractor for failing to follow federally mandated safety measures to protect workers from potentially deadly trench caves.
Grave collapses are among the construction industry’s deadliest hazards and a recent focus of OSHA.
OSHA reported that in June an inspector observed two employees of A. Lamp Concrete Contractors Inc. in a 7-foot-deep trench in Broadview, Illinois, working on municipal sewer and water lines without adequate guardrails or safe means of entry .and out of the trenches.
After its investigation, OSHA cited the company for three repeat, one serious and one non-serious violations of federal digging and excavation standards, and proposed penalties of $118,962. The agency cited A. Lamp Concrete in 2018 and 2021 for exposing workers to burglary risks.
The company has 15 days to contest the lawsuit.