OSHA will probe trench collapse in Forward Twp.

Crews rescue trapped man

April 8, 2015 Cranberry Local News

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FORWARD TWP — A federal official confirmed Thursday that Mark Mashuda Excavating of Cranberry Township is being investigated for a trench collapse accident that occurred March 31.

A man, who remains unidentified, was trapped up to his waist at the bottom of a 10-foot trench and was rescued by emergency responders after about three hours.

Area hospitals were unable to provide his identity or status.

The company has 11 employees and was installing sanitary sewer lines for a new housing development to be built off Marburger Road, said Joanna Hawkins, deputy regional director for the U.S. Labor Department’s Philadelphia Region.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Pittsburgh Office will take up to six months to investigate the cause of the trench collapse and subsequent injury.

Mashuda Excavating is a repeat offender with OSHA.

It was inspected twice in 2013 and was fined for multiple violations each time.

In February of 2013 the company was fined $4,000 for two “serious” violations found at a worksite in Allison Park, Allegheny County.

In November of 2013, the company was fined $10,560 for two “serious” violations and one repeat violation while digging a sewer line on Estates Drive in Gibsonia, Allegheny County.

The fines for both work sites later were reduced to a total of $10,080.

Trooper Ron Kesten of the state police in Butler said the police would not release any additional information because it is not the investigating agency.

Mashuda Excavating did not return calls for comment on the incident.

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