Business owner pleads in trench collapse case

The owner of a plumbing franchise pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to charges in connection with a trench collapse incident in 2015 that killed a 21-year-old man.

Wayne A. George, doing business as A Rooter Man of Pittsburgh of Hookstown, Beaver County, pleaded guilty to a charge of willful violation of an OSHA regulation causing the death of an employee, according to a news release from acting U.S. Attorney Soo Song.

Following an investigation, OSHA last year cited the company with two willful and seven serious violations. It was fined $174,000.

Judge Cynthia Eddy scheduled sentencing for Feb. 21. The law provides a maximum sentence of six months in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

George is free on an unsecured $10,000 bail.

Photo Credit WTAE



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