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Region 4 News Release: 08-150-ATL (034)
Feb. 19, 2008
Contact: Dan Fuqua Michael Wald
Phone: 404-562-2078 404-562-2076


U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA proposes nearly $70,000 in penalties against Atlanta area construction contractor for five safety violations

ATLANTA -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $69,500 in penalties against Bowlin Grading for alleged willful, repeat and serious safety violations.

OSHA cited the construction contractor after inspecting the company's East Point, Ga., construction site where employees were installing a new storm drainage system.

The company was cited with an alleged willful violation and a $49,500 proposed penalty after finding that a supervisor allowed employees to work in an unprotected 13-foot deep trench. OSHA defines a willful violation as one committed with plain indifference to or intentional disregard for employee safety and health.

"Trench cave-ins can occur very quickly, and employees working in deep trenches need a shoring or shielding system. Simply assigning employees to keep watch for signs of soil collapse is insufficient," said Andre Richards, director of OSHA's Atlanta-West Area Office.

One alleged repeat violation carrying an $8,000 proposed penalty was issued for failing to train employees to recognize and avoid unsafe conditions, such as the hazards of a cave-in. The company had been cited for a similar violation in 2006.

Three alleged serious violations with $1