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Chambersburg Excavation Company Cited By OSHA

Chambersburg Excavation Company Cited By OSHA
A Chambersburg excavation company has been cited for failing to protect its employees by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The employees in question were working in an excavation for installing a water main.

Now, David H. Martin Excavating Inc. has been slapped with a heavy fine of $63,000 by OSHA. The agency has granted 15 business days from the receipt of the citations to comply. The excavation company can arrange a meeting with the area director of OSHA or challenge the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

The agency's accusations stem from the investigation of a work site carried out by OSHA near Roxbury. The workers who were installing the water pipe in the trench were not properly protected from a cave in. OSHA was notified that the workers were working in an unprotected trench. The trench was around 6 feet 11 inches deep. The water main to be installed was around 12 inches in diameter.

OSHA has made it mandatory for all excavations that are 5 feet or deeper than that should be properly protected against wall collapse and cave-ins. The director of OSHA's Harrisburg area office said that “When sudden cave-ins occur, unprotected trenches become death traps”. “The company bypassed necessary safeguards, leaving its workers at risk of serious injury and possible death”, he added.