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OSHA cites Alabama construction firm for Florida trench collapses

Posted on December 29th, 2010 No Comments

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently fined an Alabama construction firm for workplace safety violations resulting in trench collapses and construction worker injury at a construction site in Destin, Florida.  J&P Construction, also known as Jamison Construction, was cited for two serious workplace safety violations and one willful workplace safety violation.

The construction firm was hired on a project to install storm drains along Florida State Highway 98.  According to OSHA, the company failed to use proper cave-in protection, like trench boxes, during the trenching process of the storm drain installation.  All trench excavations greater than 5 feet deep are required by OSHA to have cave-in protection.  The trenches along the higway were 8 feet deep.

Jacksonville area OSHA director James Borders said of the violations, “This employer knew there were trench boxes available at a nearby worksite, but chose not to use them and put the lives of their workers at risk”.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction accident, contact the Jacksonville construciton accident attorney, Donald Guthrie, at 904-296-1088 today to learn more about your rights.

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