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Monday, July 01, 2013

OSHA Significant Citations

The following is a summary of recent OSHA and state OSHA significant citations. These are citations that have proposed fines over $100,000 and that were announced during the past week.

The following are based on a press releases from OSHA and other sources. Reports from states, such as California, Oregon and Wyoming, in which the state has responsibility for workplace safety enforcement are also included.

Witt Plumbing Cited After Worker Dies In Trench Collapses ($157,000)

OSHA has cited Witt Plumbing Inc. for five safety violations, including two willful, after a worker died from injuries received when a trench collapsed at a job site in Hastings, NB on January 16th. The worker was locating a sewage drain pipe at a home under construction when the unprotected trench collapsed.

The two willful violations involved:
  • failing to provide cave-in protection to workers in an unprotected trench more than five feet deep
  • failing to provide a means of egress from a trench
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 involved:
  • failing to train workers on trenching hazards
  • not having a hazard communication program
  • failing to have a competent person conduct trench and excavation inspections
A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

OSHA standards mandate that all excavations five feet or deeper be protected against collapse. Detailed information on trenching and excavation hazards is available at:

Due to the nature of the hazards and the willful violations cited, Witt Plumbing has been placed in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law. Under the program, OSHA may inspect any of the employer's facilities or job sites.

OSHA has proposed fines of $157,000 as a result of the incident. The current citations may be viewed at: http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/Witt_Plumbing_Inc_831581_06_20_13.pdf

Witt Plumbing has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the citations and penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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