OSHA cited Hassel Construction yesterday for 16 safety violations, including six egregious willful violations for failing to protect workers inside an excavation from a cave-in, according to the Department of Labor.

The citations resulted in $423,900 in fines and are available to view here.

“For more than 2,500 years, man has known how to prevent deadly trench collapses. It is absolutely unacceptable that employers continue to endanger the lives of workers in trenches,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “An employer is responsible for providing a workplace safe from hazards. Hassell Construction failed to do that in this case.”

The worker was in an eight foot trench and was rescued by his co-workers who dug him out with their bare hands. Moments later, the trench collapsed again. The worker had serious injuries and had to be hospitalized.

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