Company fighting OSHA fines in fatal ...

Company fighting OSHA fines in fatal Newberry Twp. trench collapse

There are 18 comments on the York Dispatch story from Jun 16, 2011, titled Company fighting OSHA fines in fatal Newberry Twp. trench collapse. In it, York Dispatch reports that:

Eclipse Builders Inc., the owner of a property where one man died in a trench collapse in December, is fighting fines it received from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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poisonwisky1963

York, PA

#1 Jun 16, 2011
uhhhhhhhhhhhhh did you send him, them into the ditch? even though you didnt dig it or shore it? or if in fact you knew they didnt know what they were doing (quote) ignore that fact and send them into the ditch with the bottom line of dollars? ya'll should be ashamed not fighting
IHateThinkingOfN ames

Mechanicsburg, PA

#2 Jun 16, 2011
Take responsibility.
inarea

Harrisburg, PA

#3 Jun 17, 2011
this is a hard call, however I agree that someone from Eclipse should have been inspecting what was going on and not leaving up to those hired to do the job, your land, your job,there is a responsibility there.
spca

York, PA

#4 Jun 17, 2011
Maybe this CO. should look into whether OSHA can fine them I was told by a State fire instructor that PA. is not a OSHA State so all they can do is investigate the accident not hand out fines
2 sided

New Freedom, PA

#6 Jun 17, 2011
spca wrote:
Maybe this CO. should look into whether OSHA can fine them I was told by a State fire instructor that PA. is not a OSHA State so all they can do is investigate the accident not hand out fines
You are somewhat correct Pa is not and OSHA state. PA has the Dept of Labor and Industry (just should call it OSHA) they are the same thing. If you read and OSHA book on trenching and then read the PA L&I book they both pretty much say the same thing.

Also OSHA is mandated by federal law and all state required to follow OSHA standards. The only thing the states can do is add to the standards set by OSHA, but all OSHA standard are the required mimnum.
2 sided

New Freedom, PA

#7 Jun 17, 2011
inarea wrote:
this is a hard call, however I agree that someone from Eclipse should have been inspecting what was going on and not leaving up to those hired to do the job, your land, your job,there is a responsibility there.
Though if he hired them as a subcontractor then why is he the only one getting the fines shouldn't the contractor get fined to.

just a thought
GarbageDriverEng in-ear

York, PA

#8 Jun 17, 2011
OSHA should turn these duties over to TSB employees. They would 'frisk out' these dangers! GO TSB!!! Too many agencies and we are losing like 367 of our God given rights every single day, correct? lol...
lol

Christiana, PA

#9 Jun 17, 2011
its kind of funny eclipse owns riverbend too
Thoughts

Mount Wolf, PA

#10 Jun 17, 2011
lol wrote:
its kind of funny eclipse owns riverbend too
And just what makes you think eclipse owns riverbend?
Operator

Etters, PA

#11 Jun 19, 2011
Ed From Eclipse owned all Riverbend's Machinery and still does it all sits on Ed'sproperty as we speak
Operator

Etters, PA

#12 Jun 19, 2011
I just wonder how Eclipse hired the guys as Subcontractors When He owns all the machinery to do work on his Property And I know this to be true Go Back to the West Bank
Operator

Etters, PA

#14 Jun 19, 2011
Yes he did send him in the ditch Ive seen him Jump in the ditched himself because his workers were not doing it fast enough They where all a bunch of "Cowboys"
Thoughts

Mount Wolf, PA

#15 Jun 20, 2011
I know the people that own Riverbend and they are not ed nor eclipse and they have no affiliation with them whatsoever so do your homework before you run your mouth
Georgie

Mount Laurel, NJ

#16 Jun 20, 2011
Why would a carpenter hire an excavator to lay drainage pipe?
Operator

Etters, PA

#17 Jun 20, 2011
Thay Have no Affiliation??? REALLY??? Just ask the RiverBend who Fiananced there equipment?
Joe Lunch Bucket

York, PA

#18 Jun 20, 2011
Just remember, the job is awarded to the low bidder.
Thought of the day

United States

#19 Jun 23, 2011
Riverbend and eclipse are both jokes. Just pay the fine. In one way or another your responsible for the death of a fine young man. It's the least they can do
Ron

Loveland, OH

#20 Jul 8, 2011
I just checked the OSHA web site and PA does not have an approved STATE PLAN, which means they do fall under the jurisdiction of federal OSHA.

The company is excercising their rights to challenge but in the end they are responsible under the law.

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