Validity of construction license questioned after trench collapse

HORN LAKE, MS (WMC-TV) - Investigators said the construction company working on a trench that collapsed killing one worker was not licensed to work in Mississippi.

Fire Chief David Linville said OSHA has been at the site for the past two days. OSHA is investigating the working conditions of the construction site.

"We want to make sure everything done right," David Linville of the Horn Lake Fire Department said.

So was it right to have Phillips construction on this job? Questions surround their validity as a licensed construction company.
"We're required by state law to get two quotes and they bid an hourly rate plus material and that's the way we were operating on this job," Horn Lake Mayor Nat Baker said.    
Baker said Phillips Construction out of Hernando was awarded the bid because the company submitted the lowest bid and had done work for the city before.

"Right now we're checking in... the city is, our city attorney and our engineer and our public works to get copies of his license, his state contractor license, his insurance bond, and any other license they he may have," Baker said.
The mayor said the city has an old license on file but he is waiting for the current records.

In the meantime, Horn Lake policy may be changing to check all official paperwork before any work is ever done for the city.

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