Alta Construction, Inc. was cited for one willful and two serious violations at their site in Boise, ID. Employees were working in a trench seven feet deep that had no cave-in protection. Thankfully no one was injured at this site.
They received a serious violation for failing to provide employees a safe way to get out of a trench deeper than four feet. They also received a serious violation for failing to remove employees from a site when potential cave-in hazards or conditions were found, until the proper steps had been taken to ensure those employees were safe and protected from potential cave-ins. They also received a willful citation for failing to protect employees in trenches by using the proper sloping or other protective techniques. This citation alone carries a proposed penalty of $88,724. They are facing proposed fines of $106,000.
According to The Idaho Statesman, the company plans to meet with OSHA and discuss the violations.