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Local Excavating Company Fined By OSHA

Local Excavating Company Fined By OSHA
OSHA doesn’t get tired of citing companies who violate any rules set by them. It’s their job, well not giving citations, but to see whether organizations are complying with the safety standards.

Recently, Mikesell Excavating Inc., an excavating contractor situated in New Paris was cited by OSHA with two serious and one willful violation. They failed to protect their employees from cave-ins during trenching tasks at a work site situated at Ohio. The total proposed penalties, which they got is $49,200.

Cave-in accidents are one of the leading causes of occupational fatalities during excavation. OSHA Area Director Dick Gilgrist in Cincinnati, Ohio said that if employers fail to protect their employees from cave-ins during any trench operation, it is simply unacceptable. Again proper training is required along with work site inspection to reduce the risks.

The willful citation was given for the lack of protection given to the workers from trench cave-ins during an inspection done in October. Two alleged serious violations issued by OSHA were due to the failure of providing proper training on safety regulations and to have the workplace inspected by trained personnel.

Mikesell Excavating Inc. however has filed a notice of contest before the Independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.