Company owner of 2 killed workers had been cited 27 times

May 26, 2020


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STARKVILLE, Miss. (The Commercial Dispatch) — The owner of a contracting company of which two workers were killed in a trench collapse in Mississippi had previously been issued 27 federal citations for safety violations. 

The Commercial Dispatch reports Shane Henderson was the president of the now-defunct Gilco Contracting when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited it in 2005 and 2008. Henderson is now the head of Tuscaloosa, Alabama-based Southern Civil Contracting.

Two of its employees were killed May 19 in a trench collapse in Starkville, Mississippi. It's unclear whether safety violations led to the fatal trench collapse.

OSHA is investigating but declined to comment. Henderson could not be reached for comment.