Baxter County Company Cited in Trench Collapse

FEBRUARY 17, 2006 - Posted at 4:54 p.m. CST

MOUNTAIN HOME, AR - A construction company has been issued a citation in the collapse of a trench that buried one worker and trapped another.  Neither worker was seriously injured.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Dilbeck Construction Company of Mountain Home was responsible for safety at the worksite.  OSHA officials did not say whether the agency recommended a fine.

The accident happened January 27 on U.S. Highway 62, where the two men were working on a 20-inch pipeline at the Northeast Public Water Authority water tower.  The work was part of a project to widen the highway.

OSHA says one worker was able to breath during the collapse only because he was wearing a welding mask.

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