OSHA Cites Fort Pierre Company After Trench Collapse Injury

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Fort Pierre-based company after a worker was injured in a trench collapse.

OSHA says First Dakota Enterprises failed to protect workers from trench collapse hazards. The agency is proposing $95,000 in penalties.

OSHA says a 34-year-old worker was buried on May 23 when the walls of a 14-foot trench collapsed around him at a construction site in Emery. He was rescued and survived.

The company can contest the proposed fine. A woman who answered the phone Friday said the company declined to comment.

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