Connecticut contractor's failure to address hazards turns deadly when trench collapse buried worker at Vernon job site. (Hartford, CT)
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After a federal investigation, it was determined that a Manchester contractor failed to provide required safeguards which resulted in a trench collapse. Ultimately, this failure to act or comply with legal requirements resulted in the death of an employee on July 22, 2022. The employee was buried as a result of a cave-in when an 8-foot-deep trench collapsed.
"This deadly cave-in and the worker's death should never have happened," said OSHA Area Director Dale Varney in Hartford, Connecticut. "
A PREVIOUS inspection by OSHA issues with the work site and the findings included:
Federal trenching safety standards require:
-protective systems for trenches deeper than 5 feet, and that soil and other materials be kept at least 2 feet from the trench's edge. (Working Safely in Trenches (osha.gov)
-Trenches must also be inspected by a knowledgeable person, be free of standing water and atmospheric hazards and have a safe means of entry and exit before a worker may enter.
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