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Plumbing Contractor Faces $57K in Fines After Trench Cave-In

Jan. 3, 2019, 9:06 PM

A Colorado plumbing contractor faces $57,463 in fines over trenching violations at a residential construction site where a worker died in a trench cave-in.

ContractOne Inc. failed to use a trench protective system at the work site, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The workers were installing water lines when the cave-in occurred.

The company also failed to conduct regular site inspections to find and correct hazards, failed to place piles of excavated soil far enough away from trench edges, didn’t provide ladders for egress and escape, and failed to use appropriate procedures for locating utilities during trenching ...