SAIPAN COMPANY FINED FOR ENDANGERING WORKERS

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SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (July 31, 1999 –Honolulu Advertiser)---A Saipan company has been fined $92,600 by the U.S. government for requiring its employees to work in a 12-foot trench that was unprotected against a possible cave-in.

OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, cited Sablan Construction Co. with five separate violations.

They allegedly occurred on a Marpi Road expansion project on the Northern Marianas’ capital island.

OSHA said the company neither stabilized the trench against a cave-in nor provided a means for its workers to safely escape had a cave-in occurred.

Sablan Construction has 15 days to contest the fine.

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