OSHA Cites Joliet Contractor for Allowing Workers in Unsafe Trench

Source: Scott Viau, Joliet Patch, September 6, 2016

A Joliet construction contractor cited six previous times by OSHA has received another citation after allowing employees to work in an unsafe trench. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors issued one willful and two serious safety citations to P.T. Ferro Construction Co. for putting workers at risk at a Lansing work site, according to a news release from OSHA. Workers were excavating utility lines 7 feet deep. … OSHA cited Ferro for allowing its employees to work in the trench without cave-in protection and a means to exit the trench quickly in a collapse. In addition, inspectors determined a competent person was aware of the hazardous conditions but still allowed the worker to enter the trench. … Established in 1964, P.T. Ferro is a Joliet-based construction contractor that has held contracts awarded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, county and local governments, and the private sector. Its current projects include multi-million contracts in Joliet, Lockport/Romeoville, Crest Hill, New Lenox and Shorewood. …