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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration continued to crack down on safety violations in 2022, including on repeat offenders.
For the third year, a Schaumburg, Illinois-based excavating contractor received OSHA citations for failing to adhere to safety measures designed to keep trench workers safe from potentially lethal cave-ins. The agency proposed penalties of $118,962.
A. Lamp Concrete Contractors Inc. received a citation in November after OSHA inspectors said they witnessed two employees working in a 7-foot-deep trench without adequate safety measures in June at a municipal sewer and water line project in Broadview, Illinois.
The story about the citations was the eighth-most read workers comp-related story on the Business Insurance website in 2022.
A. Lamp Concrete was cited in both 2018 and 2021 for exposing workers to cave-in hazards.
OSHA considers cave-ins to pose the greatest risk to construction workers’ lives.
Other construction companies received similar trench cave-in hazard citations from OSHA this year, including a Missouri contractor, Arrow Plumbing LLC, which was cited in April and received a $796,817 penalty for exposing two workers to cave-in hazards.
In October, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission affirmed two serious OSHA violations issued to J.D. Abrams L.P. after inspectors found a lack of cave-in protections at an excavation site in Austin, Texas, in 2019. The company received a penalty of $13,494.