Boston Firefighters work to retrieve the two menin a hole who were killed as a result of the water main break on Dartmouth St. on October 21, 2016. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Boston Firefighters work to retrieve the two menin a hole who were killed as a result of the water main break on Dartmouth St. on October 21, 2016. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The danger of working in enclosed spaces hit home last week when a water main ruptured in the South End neighborhood of Boston and two workers drowned in the flooded excavation. Now, WBUR reports that the employer on the site had a record of safety violations.

Although OSHA regulations require trenches deeper than 5 feet be protected against collapse, the trench did not have a "trench box" to brace it. Atlantic Drain Services, the Roslindale-based company that was operating the work site, has been cited by federal officials for safety violations in the past, the news outlet reported.

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