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Drowned Worker at Florida Excavation Site Leads to $185,000 Fine

Oct. 21, 2019, 10:03 PM

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Westwind Contracting Inc. after a worker drowned in water and mud at a Pembroke Park, Fla., work site. The agency issued a $185,239 fine, saying the company failed to protect employees working on an excavation site.

“Employers have a legal responsibility to protect and train their employees on well-known confined space and excavation hazards to avoid tragedies such as this,” Condell Eastmond, OSHA Fort Lauderdale area director, said in a press release issued Oct. 21.

The citations center on allegations that Westwind failed “to instruct employees on the recognition and avoidance of hazards,”...

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