Many work hazards are life threatening. For this reason, it's hard to understand why some construction company owners continue to fail to comply with applicable safety laws. Allowing workers to enter unsecured trenches exposes them to potentially catastrophic workplace injuries. An Oklahoma family is grieving the unexpected death of a loved one in a recent trench collapse that could likely have been avoided had safety measures been taken.
Workers nationwide, including in Oklahoma, have the right to be protected from known hazards in their workplaces. Unfortunately, some employers have little or no regard for the safety of their workers. One such company in another state has now been put on the Severe Violator Enforcement Program of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after an investigation into an incident in which a worker was fortunate to only suffer workplace injuries rather than losing his life.