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Company drops appeal in case over fatal 2016 trench collapse

A construction company has dropped its appeal of a report finding negligence in a fatal trench collapse in Boise that killed two workers.

The Idaho Statesman reported August 9 that the fatal collapse in 2016 also injured a third employee of Hard Rock Construction.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that the company’s hands-off approach to worker safety and rush to finish the job contributed to the deadly incident.

The government agency had proposed fining the construction company about $77,000 for failing to protect its employees, but the company appealed. Hard Rock later dropped its appeal in March.

The company’s lawyer did not respond to a message from the Boise paper seeking comment.

It’s unknown whether the U.S. Attorney’s Office will pursue criminal charges over the incident.

 

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