Hugo, Minn. (AP) — Federal safety officials have fined an industrial contractor’s Minnesota operations $75,000 for alleged safety infractions relating to trench-digging.
MasTec Inc.’s Hugo, Minn., site is accused of two repeat violations of federal trenching safety standards.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the fine Friday. A message left with MasTec’s Coral Gables, Fla., headquarters was not immediately returned.
OSHA reported the violations stem from a trench being dug in Madison five months ago.
The safety agency reported material removed from the trench was placed within 2 feet of the trench’s edge. That could lead to injuries or fatalities if the material were to slide back into the trench.
OSHA has cited MasTec 13 times in the past three years.