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Georgia company cited for improper trench protections

Posted On: Dec. 13, 2017 2:36 PM CST

Georgia company cited for improper trench protections

U.S. federal workplace safety regulators have cited and proposed $130,552 in fines against a Georgia construction company for failing to protect its employees from trench collapse hazards.

U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors observed employees of Garden City, Georgia-based Dustcom Limited Inc. installing water lines in an unprotected trench, according to a statement published on Tuesday. OSHA cited the company for exposing employees to cave-in hazards, failing to appoint a competent person to ensure the use of cave-in protection, using a damaged ladder for entering and exiting a trench and failing to place a soil pile at least 24 inches from the edge of the excavation.

“Excavations without cave-in protection are life-threatening for the employees who work in them,” OSHA Area Director Margo Westmoreland, in Savannah, Georgia, said in a statement. “Employers must ensure that proper safeguards are in place to prevent putting workers at risk.”

A company spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment.