OSHA has cited Construction Management & Engineering Services Inc. for exposing employees to excavation hazards at a Duluth, Georgia, worksite.
The Norcross, Georgia-based construction contractor faces $134,937 in penalties.
OSHA initiated the inspection after receiving a complaint and as part of the National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavation. The agency cited the company for failing to provide cave-in protection for employees working in an excavation.
“Working in an unprotected excavation is a hazard that puts workers at risk of serious and fatal injuries,” said OSHA Atlanta-East Acting Area Office Director William Cochran. “Employers can contact OSHA for compliance assistance with trenching and excavation requirements.”
OSHA recently updated the national emphasis program on preventing injuries related to trenching and excavation collapses.
The agency’s trenching and excavation webpage provides additional information on trenching hazards and solutions, including a trenching operations QuickCard and a “Protect Workers in Trenches” poster.