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OSHA Cites Connecticut Contractor for Worker’s Death in Trench Collapse

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A federal investigation has found a Connecticut contractor’s failure to provide legally required safeguards and make sure they were in place to prevent trench collapses contributed to the death of an employee buried when an 8-foot-deep trench caved in.

Investigators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration determined Botticello Inc. of Manchester exposed workers to deadly hazards as he connected drainage piping at a residential development construction site in Vernon in July 2022. Previously, in November 2015, OSHA inspectors identified four serious violations related to trenching work by Botticello

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Washington Contractor Fined $400K for Safety Violations in Fatal Trench Collapse

A Kent, Washington contractor is facing more than $400,000 in fines for safety violations that led to the death of a construction worker last year in Renton.

Surjit Gill, 36, was killed when the dirt walls of the trench he was working in collapsed and buried him.

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries cited AAA Contractors Inc. for three willful and one serious violation in connection with the incident. The company was also cited for several general violations. The fines total $437,581.00.

Source: Washington Department of Labor & Industries

L&I inspectors determined Gill had been working in a trench

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