OSHA Cites Gainesville Construction Company
Gainesville, FL -- An update tonight on a situation involving an injured worker who was trapped when the wall of an excavation he was working in collapsed around him back in January.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced today it has issued multiple citations against R.E. Arnold, the construction company contracted by the City of Gainesville to build a retaining pond and pump station for Depot Park, as well as the subcontractor, Suntree Technologies, Inc.
OSHA issued one "willful" and two "serious" safety violations against R.E. Arnold - and four "serious" safety violations to Suntree Technologies.
OSHA officials said the companies deliberately chose not to follow established OSHA standards for protecting workers in excavations and repeatedly ignored warnings.
Officials for R.E. Arnold say they plan to contest the citations. The employee - whose name has not been released - has recovered and is ready to return to work, according to the company.
"Trench rescues are among the most dangerous things that fire rescue responds to, they are very high-risk, low-frequency events that we establish a technical rescue team to respond to because the risks are so high," according to Jeff Lane, Gainesville Fire Rescue Depute Fire Chief.
City of Gainesville officials said R.E. Arnold is still under contract to finish the project, which should be complete by August.
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