Excavating firm fined $509,071 for trench violations, contractor surrenders license

An instance of an unsafe trench.

A Michigan-based excavation firm has agreed to shut enterprise operations and pay a $509,071 penalty for not defending staff from trench collapse, in response to the U.S. Occupational Security and Well being Administration. The corporate’s proprietor should additionally give up his contractor’s license.

OSHA says the settlement was reached after its inspectors on three separate events between September and October 2017 reported that Kamphuis Pipeline had “repeatedly uncovered workers to trench cave-in hazards whereas staff put in water metering pits and features” for municipalities of Tappen and Dawson, North Dakota. In addition they reported a large number of different violations, together with struck-by hazards, staff with no laborious hats, falling-object and electrical hazards, staff close to visitors with no security vests, two transportable turbines sitting in water operating water pumps and a trench field sinking from flowing water.

Together with paying the penalties, Kamphuis should “voluntarily terminate all operations and dissolve the corporate’s company standing in South Dakota.” The corporate’s proprietor and founder, Daniel J. Kamphuis, agreed to give up his North Dakota contractor license, OSHA stated.

“Each he and the corporate additionally agreed to not have any possession or managerial curiosity in any development enterprise conducting trenching and excavation actions throughout the U.S. sooner or later,” in response to OSHA. “They could have interaction in such actions in different capacities however should notify OSHA and take acceptable coaching in the event that they intend to renew such work.”

“This settlement sends a message that corporations that need to do enterprise within the trenching and excavation trade should function safely and shield workers on the jobsite,” stated Performing OSHA Regional Administrator Rita Lucero in Denver, Colorado.

For extra on the enterprise and human prices of trench-collapse fatalities in the US, see Tools World’s particular report “Loss of life by Trench”.