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Michigan Pipeline Company to Close Over Trenching Violations (1)

Sept. 10, 2019, 5:00 PMUpdated: Sept. 10, 2019, 6:17 PM

A Michigan-based pipeline company will pay $509,000 in fines and cease business operations in a settlement with federal safety regulators over the company’s violations of trenching and excavation regulations.

Inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that the company, Kamphuis Pipeline Co., repeatedly exposed workers to trench cave-in hazards while they were installing water metering pits and lines.

The company also failed to follow other requirements for working safely in trenches and excavations, according to an OSHA statement.

The violations were found at three Kamphuis Pipeline worksites during inspections in September and October 2017.

Terminating Operations

The settlement...

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