OSHA cited Houston-based Hassell Construction for 16 safety violations, including six “egregious willful” violations for failing to protect workers inside an excavation from a cave-in. The company faces penalties totaling $423,900. In addition to the willful violations, Hassell was cited for nine serious violations, including failing to remove debris from the edge of the excavation. According to OSHA, the company also did not provide a safe means to get in and out of the excavation for workers or conduct atmospheric testing inside excavations after a sewer leak. OSHA has placed the company in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program. This is the second time in the last couple of weeks that companies in the region have been cited for “egregious willful” violations.
Read the release from OSHA here.