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March 28, 2016


OSHA finds contractor exposed workers to danger of trench cave-in
for four days at Meadville, Pennsylvania construction site

Landfried Paving Inc. fined $18K for violations

Employers name: Landfried Paving Inc., 172 Crestview Drive, Greenville, Pennsylvania

Inspection site: 200 Mulberry St., Meadville, Pennsylvania

Citations issued: On March 22, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations for one willful violation and two serious violations.

Investigation findings: On Oct. 1, 2015, OSHA opened an inspection after the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection notified the agency of hazardous conditions at the construction site of a new parking garage, where the company was installing drainage catch basins. OSHA investigators found Landfried exposed workers to the risk of a cave-in for four days while they installed drainage catch basins. Workers were inside an unprotected excavation at least seven-feet deep with steep, vertical walls. The company was cited for these hazards.

Proposed penalties: $18,800

Quote: "Landfried Paving exposed its employees to dangerous excavation hazards that could have been deadly in a cave-in. Without the proper protection, a trench can quickly become a grave for workers," said Theresa A. Naim, director of OSHA's Erie Area Office. "OSHA will not tolerate when an employer's fails to ensure the safety and health of its employees."

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To ask questions; obtain compliance assistance; file a complaint; or report amputations, eye loss, workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency's Erie Area Office at 814-874-5150.

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Media Contacts:

Leni Fortson, 215-861-5102,

Release Number: 16-594-PHI (OSHA 16-033 Landfried Paving Inc.)

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