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U.S. Department of Labor | Dec. 23, 2015

OSHA cites Lockhart Concrete after employees
are observed working in unprotected trench
Akron concrete company cited for multiple safety hazards

Employer name: Lockhart Concrete Company, Akron, Ohio

Citations issued: Dec. 15, 2015

Investigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Cleveland Area Office cited the company for two willful and two serious safety violations.

OSHA initiated an inspection after receiving a complaint that three employees were working inside three trenches of up to 8 feet deep without cave-in protection while installing utility and water connections at a Stow construction site.

Investigators also found the following:

  • Workers had a lack of access and egress while working in multiple trenches.
  • Protective helmets were not provided.
  • Employees were allowed to work under equipment as sand was being dumped into the trench.

Quote: "An unprotected trench can bury a worker in seconds and cause severe or fatal injuries," said Howard Eberts, OSHA's area director in Cleveland. "Lockhart Concrete knows that every trench deeper than 5 feet must have cave-in protection."

Proposed Penalties: $93,940

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Release Number: 15-2399-CHI

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