Monday, March 11, 2019

OSHA Fines Pennsylvania Contractor $209K for Excavation Violations

The U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA announced on Tuesday that it has cited a Pennsylvania contractor for several excavation-related violations and proposed that it pay a total of $208,560 in fines.

Agency investigators said that Etna Construction, based in Warminster, Pennsylvania, exposed employees on a jobsite in Philadelphia to excavation dangers by not using the appropriate protective systems, failing to teach employees how to recognize excavation hazards and not providing a safe means of exit from excavations. OSHA also cited the company for not making sure that employees were wearing hardhats and not properly guarding protruding reinforcing steel.

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