OSHA comes down hard on Gardiner excavation company

2:30 PM, Apr 29, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - A chance inspection of an excavation in Scarborough has a company in Maine examining their safety standards.

Workers with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) were on their way to another worksite when they happened on an open excavation on Pine Point Road.

Workers with Gardiner-based Everett J. Prescott, Inc. were installing a large valve in a pipe at the bottom of the excavation.

OSHA inspectors found a number of "serious violations," including a failure to protect workers from cave-ins, inadequate ladders and objects kept too close to the top of the hole in the ground.

A serious violation, by OSHA standards, is one that could result in death or serious physical injury.

OSHA says Prescott has been cited for similar problems before, compounding their penalties this time around.

Prescott is now facing a fine of $76,230. They have 15 days to comply, meet with OSHA or contest the findings.


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