MENTOR, Ohio (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says inspectors probing a construction site where a worker was killed this week found no evidence the wall of the trench was reinforced.
Cleveland.com reports (http://bit.ly/1UVMZ8B ) OSHA officials say inspectors didn’t find a trench box or shoring material to protect workers at the site in Mentor, about 25 miles east of Cleveland.
Twenty-eight-year-old Alexander Marcotte was killed when trench dirt collapsed on him. The trench for a waterline project was about 6 to 8 feet deep.
OSHA spokesman Scott Allen says the agency requires companies working in trenches deeper than 4 feet to reinforce the walls. It’s unclear if Aqua Ohio will be cited.
A company spokesman says Aqua Ohio is working with OSHA and conducting an internal investigation. He declined to comment further.
Information from: cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.com