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Wauconda firm cited for safety hazards at construction site

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A Wauconda construction company has been cited for safety violations at a suburban job site, federal officials announced Monday.

Berger Excavating Contractors failed to properly protect workers from cave-ins during a trenching operation in Franklin Park, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

An inspector witnessed cave-in hazards at the site on March 20, according to a news release from the agency. Proposed penalties total $73,260.

Berger was cited previously by OSHA for failing to provide cave-in protection in August 2010 and July 2011, according to the news release.

The company has 15 business days to respond to the citations.

The company released the following statement: "Berger Excavating Contractors takes the safety of all of its employees very seriously. As this case is still open, Berger is working with the area office to resolve the allegations in the citations amicably, which is in the best interest of all parties."

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