Fined $624K on Excavation Violations

An employer, who OSHA just cited for a trench-related double fatality in February 2021, is now facing a $624,000 fine for new violations.

Laurence Moloney and his companies – Atlantic Coast Utilities, Advanced Utilities, Nuala Nichoncubhair, and Sterling Excavation have a 20-year history of OSHA trenching and excavation violations with six previous inspections of his companies resulting in 14 willful, repeat, and serious violations.

In August 2021, inspectors responded to a complaint regarding workers exposed to trenching hazards while working on the foundation of a residential structure. The investigation led to four willful and three serious violations, with proposed penalties totaling $624,777.

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