Worker killed, 2 injured in excavation collapse at North Carolina jobsite

This incident will likely kick off an investigation by OSHA and the North Carolina Department of Labor, particularly because it included a fatality as well as injuries.

OSHA, however, will investigate and impose heavy fines on a contractor even without such an incident, if it considers the site conditions to be unsafe. In April, for example, the agency cited a Michigan pipeline contractor, Kamphuis Pipeline Co., with trench-safety and other violations on a jobsite in North Dakota and proposed a fine of $454,750.

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