A Georgia company is in hot water with a federal agency for failing to protect its employees from trench collapse hazards.
Federal regulators have cited and proposed over $130,000 in fines against Garden City-based Dustcom Limited Inc.
The $130,552 bill stems from the company employees being observed installing water lines in an unprotected trench. 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.”
Dustcom Limited did not comment on the citation.