WI company faces OSHA fines
RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) -- A River Falls company is facing $137,000 in potential fines following a trench collapse last year that killed a 19-year-old worker.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration Five issued five citations this week against Gordy's Pumping Service.
OSHA says the victim and another worker were working in a 6-foot-deep trench in November when one wall caved in. The other worker wasn't hurt.
The agency levied five safety violations, including one for failing to take proper precautions to prevent a trench collapse.
Company owner Jason Schaar says he disagrees with some of the details in OSHA's account. He says he has requested a conference with the agency.
Schaar also says the death was an accident, and that just because an accident happens, that doesn't mean someone was at fault.