The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Dubose Construction Co. for exposing workers to potential cave-in hazards while relocating a water valve in Montgomery, Ala. The proposed penalties are $46,970 in total. OSHA said the company is being cited for one willful safety violation with a proposed penalty of $46,200 for exposing workers to cave-ins while working in an unprotected trench more than seven feet deep. Dubose Construction also received an other-than-serious citation with a $770 penalty for not certifying a log of work-related injuries and illnesses in 2008. “The lack of cave-in protection at this worksite leaves Dubose Construction employees at risk of injury or death,” Kurt Petermeyer, OSHA’s area director in Mobile, said in a statement.
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