Construction company faces numerous penalties, fines after trench accident

Construction company faces numerous penalties, fines after trench accident

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A construction company agrees to pay thousands of dollars in fines after an investigation found they violated safety procedures during an accident which cost a worker his life.

In June 2015, employees of Josh Lefevre Construction Company were working in a 10-feet deep sewer line trench on Dixie Highway.

A spill pile collapsed, trapping two workers under hundreds of pounds of concrete and dirt. One of the men died. The other was rescued.

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The Kentucky Labor Cabinet fined the company $41,600 for eight separate penalties.

Those included not isolating a manhole, not testing the space before the workers entered, no rescue equipment on hand, and lack of training, among other things.

In fact, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet found they had not trained their workers in rescue procedures of any kind.

The workers in the trench were not wearing hard hats.

Also, the men had no ladder in place to get out of the trench. And the trench box they were in was four feet shorter than the hole itself, not giving them adequate protection, according to the Labor Cabinet investigation.

The company has since made multiple changes regarding worker safety, said Daniel Lowry, a spokesman for the Kentucky Labor Cabinet.

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