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OSHA ramps up enforcement following trench safety incidents

July 21, 2022

OSHA has long had the ability to seek criminal referrals and issue heavy fines for workplace incidents that involve serious injury or death. Last week, it flexed that muscle.

In response to what the Department of Labor organization called an “alarming” increase in trench and excavation deaths — 22 thus far in 2022 compared to 15 in all of 2021 — OSHA said it “will consider every available tool at the agency’s disposal,” including criminal referrals.

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