PennLive.com reports new information has been released regarding the tragic trench collapse last month in Newberry Township in York County that killed one man and seriously injured another.
In March of 2009, red flags were raised when county inspectors from the York County Conservation District discovered erosion-control problems with the project for stormwater drains. The site was owned by Eclipse Builders Inc., and a spokesperson for the company said work was being done on the 3.5 acre site for future development. The company alleges inspectors were concerned with the site in particular because it had once been a junkyard, and report it took 27 months to obtain a permit to work on the land.
According to county records, inspectors had visited the property seven times to ensure runoff was not draining into Fishing Creek, which eventually drains into the Chesapeake Bay, and were not related to safety matters. However, each inspection discovered some form of failure in erosion controls. A county report states that Eclipse Builders Inc. did not initially submit an erosion and sedimentation control plan, but did so in June of 2010, which was then approved in July. Afterwards, inspections noted that earth disturbance activities were still in violation of state laws. However, a review of the most recent inspection report shows that the majority of the conditions had been met. Two days before the trench collapse, county inspectors visited the site, but the trench had yet to be dug.