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OSHA PROPOSES $90,000 IN PENALTIES AGAINST NORCROSS, GA., CONTRACTOR FOR VIOLATIONS IN TRENCH CAVE-IN WHERE WORKER WAS INJURED

OSHA PROPOSES $90,000 IN PENALTIES AGAINST NORCROSS, GA., CONTRACTOR
 FOR VIOLATIONS IN TRENCH CAVE-IN WHERE WORKER WAS INJURED
 ATLANTA, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited E.L. Davis Contracting Co., Norcross, Ga., and proposed penalties totaling $90,000 following a trench cave-in which resulted in injury to a company employee.
 According to Tom Brown, area director for OSHA's Atlanta-West area office, the trench collapsed July 29 at an Atlanta site where employees of the firm were removing an old sewer line in preparation for new connections, a larger pipe and a new manhole.
 The employees were in a trench 22-1/2 feet deep and 11 feet wide which the agency found was not shored or sloped in accordance with its requirements.
 As a result of the inspection, OSHA proposed a $63,000 penalty for one alleged willful violation of its construction standards requiring a protective system for employees in the trench.
 In addition, the company was cited for the following seven alleged serious safety and health violations: failure to have a safety program; lack of employee training; lack of personal protective equipment, such as appropriate footwear and hard hats; failure to perform atmospheric testing; failure to provide emergency rescue equipment where hazardous atmospheric conditions may reasonably be expected to develop, and failure to inspect excavations daily. Proposed penalties for these violations totaled $27,000.
 "Without proper safety measures, a worker's life can be on the line when entering a trench," said Brown. "OSHA intends to vigorously enforce the law so that workers are protected."
 The agency defines a willful violation as one committed with an intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the OSH Act and regulations.
 A serious violation is one in which there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result and that the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.
 Employers may contest OSHA citations and proposed penalties within 15 days after receipt of a citation. Contested cases are heard before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
 Inspection of the company worksite was conducted by OSHA's Atlanta-West area office located at 2400 Herodian Way, Suite 250, Smyrna, GA 30080; telephone 404-984-8700.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Brown, area director for OSHA's Atlanta-West area office, 404-984-8700/ CO: United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health
 Administration; E.L. Davis Contracting Co. ST: Georgia IN: SU: EXE BN-BR -- AT005 -- 1367 11/18/91 11:12 EST
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