NEW YORK Pipe supplier
Everett J. Prescott Inc. (EJP) faces $76,230 in fines for
allegedly violating workplace safety standards, the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
OSHA inspectors happened upon an
open, unguarded, 7-foot-3-inch-deep excavation in Scarborough,
Maine, where EJP workers were installing a large valve in a
pipe. The workers were not adequately protected from cave-ins
and supervisory personnel failed to immediately remove workers
from the area, according to OSHA.
"The walls of an unguarded
excavation can collapse suddenly and with great force, burying
workers beneath tons of soil before they have a chance to react
or escape," OSHA area director William Coffin said in a
EJP was cited for repeat and
serious violations, OSHA said. The company reportedly was cited
for similar violations in 2009.
The company has 15 business days
to comply with OSHA orders, meet with OSHA or contest the
Gardiner, Maine-based EJP
produces pipes, tubes, and fittings for water, sewer and drain
projects. It did not return calls for comment.