November 2019 Vol. 74 No. 11


Colorado Company Fined for Fatal Trench Collapse

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined an excavation company for the deaths of two Colorado workers in a collapsed trench.

The workers were installing sewer pipe in a 15-foot-deep trench in Windsor on April 16 when it gave way. They were dead when emergency crews reached them.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan reported that Firestone-based Backhoe Excavating was fined $31,446 for five citations. The largest fine was more than $13,000 for failing to provide an adequate protective system for the workers. The company also received two citations totaling more than $10,000 for not following specific excavation requirements.

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