OSHA: No reinforced walls in trench collapse that killed 1

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

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