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OSHA proposes fines for Huntsville contractor in work-related death

The company faces thousands in fines for a trench collapse that left one person dead last year.

Posted: May 11, 2018 2:50 PM
Updated: May 11, 2018 2:53 PM

A Huntsville construction company is facing almost $140,000 in fines for a deadly work accident in November.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration cited All Power Construction Corp. 

The death occurred in a trench wall collapse during sewer line installation on Indian Creek Road near Blake Bottom Road in November 2017. The name and age of the person who was killed were not released.

According to the OSHA citation, workers were in a trench that was 8 feet deep, 3 feet wide and 200 feet long. There was no protective system in the trench to protect the workers from a collapse, according to the documents. The citation also states that no one inspected the trench for possible cave-in hazards.

All Power faces $139,684 in fines.

A Madison, Tenn., staffing agency, Labor Finders of Tennessee Inc., also faces $12,934 in fines for failing to ensure employees in the trench had been instructed to avoid trench and excavation hazards.

Both companies have 15 days to comply, contest the findings or request an informal conference with an OSHA area director.

A person who answered the phone at All Power Construction said no one would comment on the case.

You can view OSHA's notice to All Power Construction here.

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