Mike Neri Sewer & Water Contractor Inc. Cited By OHSA

An Elk Grove Village-based contractor was recently cited by federal officials for exposing its workers to serious construction site injuries. OSHA officials say that Mike Neri Sewer & Water Contractor Inc. exposed its workers to cave-in hazards at a Des Plaines construction site.

“This is not the first time this contractor has exposed vulnerable workers to dangerous excavation hazards,” said Nick Walters, OSHA’s regional administrator in Chicago. “These types of hazards result in numerous fatalities and injuries every year. No job should cost a worker’s life due to an employer’s failure to properly protect and train workers.”

The proposed penalties against the contractor are over $110,440.

OSHA has had a special emphasis program for trenching and excavation work since the 1980s. Federal officials say that the contractor has had several OSHA violation citations since the emphasis program launched and that it is being placed on OSHA’s “Severe Violator Enforcement Program.”

The program is for contractors with chronic safety issues and provides for more frequent inspections.