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Lincoln Company Cited, Fined Following Trench Collapse

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A Lincoln company has received citations from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for safety violations connected to a cave-in during trenching operations.

OSHA says Taylor's Drain and Sewer Service was cited for six safety violations at a Lincoln job site where a worker was injured in a cave-in. Additionally, four more safety violations were issued to the same company at a separate work site.

The agency says a worker was buried waist-deep when a trench, approximately 9-feet-deep, collapsed in on him. The worker had to undergo surgery to aid in the recovery of his injuries.

That first trench collapse occurred on March 22. On April 11 at a separate job site, two other workers were working in a 10-foot-deep trench without protection, according to OSHA.

"Cave–ins are the leading cause of injury and death during excavations," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "Taylor Drain and Sewer Service failed to provide basic safety precautions, which led to the serious injury of one of its workers. This employer had no excuse for noncompliance."

As a result of OSHA's inspections, Taylor's Drain and Sewer Services has been placed in the agency's Severe Violator Enforcement Program. The program mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure the company is complying with the law.

OSHA has also proposed penalties of $194,000.

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