A Texas contractor has been cited by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a worker died during a trench collapse late last year.
OSHA announced Tuesday the two repeated lawsuits against Buffalo, Texas-based R Construction Civil LLC over the October workplace death, which occurred during excavation at a job site near the town of Manvel, which is south of Houston.
During the accident, the worker was pinned against a mechanical compactor and then died after a trench wall caved in.
OSHA said the company failed to provide a means of safely exiting the excavation site, failed to keep waste piles at least two feet away from the edge of the excavation, and failed to provide an adequate protection system inside the excavation site to protect workers from cave-ins. dangers.
The contractor also received a serious lawsuit for failing to perform daily site inspections.
OSHA proposed $257,822 in penalties. The company has 15 days to contest the referrals.