Massachusetts Contractors Cited by OSHA for Cave-in Hazards

Contractors in Reading, Tewksbury, and Wakefield have been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for alleged safety violations. The proposed fines attached to these citations total $154,700. The bulk of the proposed fines were from issues such as cave-in and ladder hazards.

OSHA began investigating in June when an agency official noted employees working in an unprotected 8-foot deep excavation that did not have a ladder or other means of escape. OSHA standards mandate that excavations 5 feet or deeper must be protected against collapse. The contractors were working on installing a grease trap and piping for a supermarket in Salem, New Hampshire.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 makes employers responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for employees. In cases where a worker is injured on the job as the result of employer negligence, there may be ground for filing a work injury claim.

Source: US Labor Department’s OSHA cites 3 Massachusetts contractors for cave-in hazards at Salem, NH, jobsite,, December 9, 2010
The Massachusetts workplace injury law firm of Altman & Altman if you have been injured on the job.

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