A Blue Springs company admitted to willfully violating the federal occupational health and safety standards in connection with a fatal trench collapse in Belton in December 2016 but also saw its fine more than cut in half by a federal agency.
A man working for Arrow Plumbing LLC died after he was buried under 10 feet of dirt in an unprotected trench. The company was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for serious and willful violations for that Belton incident and for an unprotected trench found at a January 2017 inspection in Kansas City.
According to an OSHA release, under the agreement reached last month between OSHA, Arrow Plumbing and its successor company – R2 Plumbing LLC – the company agreed to several safety enhancements and will pay a civil penalty of $225,000. Originally, OSHA had fined Arrow more than $700,000 for violations at the two sites.
The safety enhancements include:
• Hiring a safety consultant to design and implement a trench safety program, and conduct safety and health audits.
• Providing extensive training for employees.
• Reporting trenching-related incidents and near-misses to OSHA.
• Conducting meetings at new worksites to address hazards.
• Completing OSHA construction, and trenching and excavation training courses.