US Department of Labor cites two RI contractors for work hazards
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- A federal inspection at a Warwick excavation site found two area contractors ignoring the risks and placing their workers in serious danger.
The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration July inspection at a sewer installation site on 1129 Main Avenue in Warwick determined that employees of Reyes Landscaping Inc. of Johnston and TRD Contracting LLC in Greenville were allowing their employees to work in a 5 to 8 foot deep trench without cave-in protection. The employers also allowed soil to be removed from the trench and to pile up, causing some materials to fall back into the trench.
Inspectors also identified the following hazards:
- A competent person- one with the knowledge and authority to identify and correct hazards- did not inspect the trench before starting work.
- The employees lacked helmets to protect against falling objects.
- Using an inadequate ladder to enter and exit the trench
- Using an uninspected and unlabeled steel alloy chain sling to life object
OSHA returned to the work site on July 13 and found that the company had not corrected the hazards. The employees were still exposed to cave-in and struck-by hazards in a 9 foot, 6 inch deep trench. OSHA cited Reyes Landscaping for two willful and five serious violations, with $63,586 in proposed penalties for hazards observed on both dates. Separately, the agency cited the other company on site TRD Contracting for four serious violations, with $11,704 in penalties, for the July 8 hazards.