DAYTONA BEACH, FL — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited P&S Paving Inc., a Daytona Beach underground utility construction company, for exposing employees to cave-in hazards. The company faces $138,927 in proposed penalties.
OSHA investigators cited the company for allowing employees to work in a trench without cave-in protection. The company was also cited for failing to train employees on trench hazards, and provide a safe means to enter and exit the trench. The investigation was part of OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavation.
“Disregarding recognized hazards can endanger workers’ safety,” said Brian Sturtecky, OSHA Jacksonville Area Office Director. “Employers performing trenching and excavation are required to use appropriate protective systems to prevent a serious or fatal cave-in.”
P&S Paving Inc. has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance.