Unreinforced trenches put workers at risk

This Kansas City Star article reports on the tragic death of a young man—a single father —who lost his life late last year working in a trench that was not reinforced. Five weeks later a federal inspector witnessed workers from the same company at the bottom of a trench that was not reinforced as required, once again putting the lives of its workers at risk.

The Star reports that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) levied its second-largest fine this year against the young man’s employer. Trench-shoring has been among OSHA’s top areas of emphasis for 30 years, yet companies continue to put their workers in unsafe trenches.

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