- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

BOSTON (AP) - A federal investigation has found that a Boston company violated 18 workplace safety guidelines the day a trench collapsed and killed two of its workers.

Atlantic Drain Services faces nearly $1.5 million in fines.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday that the company and its owner, Kevin Otto, failed to install a support system inside the trench. The company also failed to consistently provide ladders, hard hats and safety training.

The company and Otto have been charged with manslaughter in the deaths of Kelvin Mattocks and Robert Higgins. The men died after a water main gave way and flooded a trench where they were working in October.

Otto and the company have pleaded not guilty. An attorney for Atlantic Drain Services said he expects the company to contest the citations.

The company has 15 days to contest the citations and fines.

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