Company faces fine over accident

Friday, March 19, 2010
Kelly Smith died at a construction site in Pocatello after a trench for a new sewer line collapsed on him Sept. 16.

A Mountain Home contracting business faces a $44,500 fine following the death of a worker last September.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Bowman's Inc., saying the company violated federal work safety rules that led to death of Kelly Smith when a trench collapsed on him.

Smith, 32, worked for Bowman's for several years and served as a pipe layer on a sewer line installation project in Pocatello. He was working outside of a 10-foot-deep trench box, which provides protection in an emergency, when a section collapsed on him around 10:30 a.m. Sept. 16.

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