Death from collapsed trench leads to heavy penalties against construction company NC | New


The North Carolina Department of Labor fined a construction company for a collapsed trench that killed a worker.

The 10-foot-deep trench collapse at an Alexander County shopping center in May killed 38-year-old Taylorsville resident Shane Anthony Sharpe, McClatchy News reported at the time.

The crews were working on a drainage pipe, according to WSOC-Channel 9 and the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office.

“The sheriff says the sides started to crumble, trapping the worker,” Spectrum News reporter Rose Eiklor wrote on Twitter.

First responders removed the dirt surrounding Sharpe and performed CPR, the sheriff’s office said in a press release.

The collapse occurred in a parking lot outside the Big D’s Diner & Country Store on US 64 in Taylorsville, multiple media reported. It’s about 65 miles northwest of Charlotte.

After a six-month investigation, the North Carolina Department of Labor imposed penalties of $ 39,200 on Taylorsville-based workplace contractor Barnes Backhoe & Grading Inc., the department said on Wednesday.

The state cited the company “for one alleged serious violation and four alleged serious violations of the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Act,” department spokeswoman Natalie Bouchard said in an e- mail.


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