A local company that lost a worker two years ago in a fatal trench collapse has again been cited for failing to protect employees from cave-ins. Lake Township-based Bontrager Excavating says the alleged violations are unfounded.
A local company that lost a worker two years ago in a fatal trench collapse has again been cited for failing to protect employees from cave-ins, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Wednesday.
Bontrager Excavating can contest the citations and proposed penalty of $115,500.
The company released a statement saying it believes the alleged violation are unfounded, especially as to classification and severity.
OSHA cited Bontrager for three alleged violations at a worksite in Brecksville following a June 15 inspection prompted by a complaint about unsafe working conditions.
The violations were corrected during the inspection, but all three are classified as “willful,” meaning they involved “intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard” for the law, or “plain indifference to worker safety and health,” according to OSHA.
The agency put Bontrager in its “Severe Violator Enforcement Program” after one worker was killed and another injured when a trench collapsed in Jackson Township in 2010.
In its statement, Bontrager said it takes workplace safety seriously and has invested significant resources in the past year to stay in compliance with OSHA and keep workers safe.