California Construction Company Fined for Workplace Fatality

Dec. 20, 2018 The California Occupational Health and Safety Administration (Cal/OSHA), fined a California construction company following the death of a construction worker when a trench collapsed at a residential development. The agency found that the company committed serious errors and failed to protect its employees from hazards, leading to the fatality. Furthermore, Cal/OSHA found that one of the violations the company committed was a repeat violation. The construction accident highlighted how dangerous working conditions for construction workers can be, especially where proper safety precautions are not taken. Empire Equipment Service Fined $66,000 On May 9, 2018, as 39-year-old Juan Diego Lopez and a co-worker were installing sewage pipes for a residential development; a 30-foot section of the trench they were working in collapsed. Lopez died from asphyxiation while his co-worker escaped. Cal/OSHA investigated the construction fatality and found “serious…

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