A trench collapse in Birmingham, Alabama has resulted in the preventable death of a 31 year old day laborer, LeDonte McCruter. According to the release from OSHA detailing the investigation, McCruter was tragically buried alive last summer. Rescue workers attempted to save him for more than six hours but were unsuccessful. OSHA, upon arriving at the scene, found that subcontractor Joshua Dailey, who hired McCruter, did not provide cave-in protection to prevent the trench collapse. OSHA deemed Dailey responsible for one willful and one serious safety violation. The site’s general contractor, Otis Bates and Bates Construction, also faces one serious safety violation. Dailey was also cited for not notifying OSHA of the fatality. Proposed fines equal $53,800, plus Dailey’s entrance into the OSHA Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
Read full details via OSHA here.