Construction Company to Appeal OSHA Findings

Did lack of training lead to a tragic accident?

📅   Thu November 03, 2016 - Midwest Edition


Bert Smith Jr. of Caldwell and Ernesto Saucedo of Nampa were killed when the 9- to 11-foot deep trench they were working in collapsed on May 3.
Bert Smith Jr. of Caldwell and Ernesto Saucedo of Nampa were killed when the 9- to 11-foot deep trench they were working in collapsed on May 3.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho construction company is formally appealing findings that it failed to properly train and protect its employees.

The Idaho Statesman reports (http://bit.ly/2e5Fq16 ) that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration found a lack of training by Hard Rock Construction was a factor when two workers died in a Boise trench collapse.

Bert Smith Jr. of Caldwell and Ernesto Saucedo of Nampa were killed when the 9- to 11-foot deep trench they were working in collapsed on May 3. A third worker was injured but survived. Local OSHA head Dave Kearns says the third worker is probably permanently disabled.

OSHA has issued $77,319 in fines against Hard Rock.

The company didn't return a call from The Associated Press on Thursday.