A construction company has been ordered by federal regulators to pay nearly $425,000 in penalties for six egregious violations of workplace safety leading to the near-death of a worker who was buried in an eight-foot trench.
The collapse happened fast, within a matter of seconds. His co-workers rushed to his side and helped to dig him out with their bare hands. Then, just moments after they pulled him to safety, the trench, which was unprotected, collapsed again.
The worker was severely injured and had to be hospitalized.
Now, following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the company was found to violate 16 total safety violations, with of those being the more serious, "willful violations" for failing to protect its workers. OSHA investigators say the construction company was aware the site was dangerous, and yet did not take the necessary, adequate measures to protect workers.