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US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Stillion Brothers Excavation of
Perrysburg, Ohio, for failing to protect workers from possible trench collapses
PERRYSBURG, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Perrysburg-based Stillion Brothers Excavation Inc. with five safety – including two willful – violations for failing to protect workers from trench cave-ins at a job site in Columbus Grove. Proposed penalties total $72,820.
OSHA initiated an inspection on Dec. 15, 2011, under the agency's National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavation. Six workers were installing 20-foot-long steel plates into a 12-foot-deep trench using a hydraulic excavator with a swivel hook that was not equipped with a safety latch.
"The employer is responsible for ensuring that workers are properly protected from known workplace hazards such as being struck by equipment or materials as well as trench cave-ins – a leading cause of death and injury in excavation work," said Kim Nelson, OSHA's area director in Toledo. "OSHA is committed to protecting workers, especially when employers fail to do so."
The willful violations are failing to provide required cave-in protection and remove defective rigging on the excavator from service. A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.
Three serious violations include a lack of fall and head protection, and not having a working backup alarm on the excavator. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death