In local news:

OSHA cited Baton Rouge-based Ted Hebert LLC on November 20th for one willful and five serious violations, following the death of a worker in an unprotected trench. OSHA issued the willful violation for exposing workers to trench hazards and for failing to provide an adequate protection system, such as a trench box or similar equipment, to keep the trench from collapsing. The serious violations included: neglecting to have a ladder or other means for workers to exit a trench, keeping materials too close to a trench edge, and allowing water to accumulate inside a trench, which makes collapse more likely. Proposed fines equal $105,000.

Read the full release from OSHA here and local coverage of the May accident from the New Orleans Advocate here.

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