* "Excavated dirt and rocks that were not secured by a retaining device were not kept at least two feet back from the edge of a trench that employees were working in to prevent the materials from falling or rolling into the trench."
* "A competent person ... knowledgeable in excavation safety was not on site conducting inspections to identify the hazards found with a 77-inch-deep trench that employees were working in, including the lack of cave-in protection."
Steve White, executive director of the Affiliated Construction Trades Foundation, an AFL-CIO affiliate, said wooden or metal structures, which are carefully braced, are routinely used in deep trenches to keep them from collapsing on workers.
"Why is Hi-Tech requiring its workers to cut corners?" White asked.
"These violations broke the rules you would learn in Safety 101. Perhaps the most important rule is to never go into a trench that does not have shoring. That is like playing Russian roulette.
"This is a poor way to do business. We all have to be competitive. But we shouldn't be risking people's lives," White said Wednesday.
Jessica Stadd, a Marriott International public relations official in Bethesda, Md., said Friday that she could not comment on the construction project.
VIM Inc., which stands for "Virginia Inn Management," is the developer of the Courtyard by Marriott project. VIM accepts bids and chooses the contractors hired to work on the construction site.
Charles H. Wendell, who owns VIM, did not return telephone messages left at his company's office in Fayetteville on Wednesday and last Friday. Wendell also did not return telephone messages left at his Charleston, S.C., office on those two days.
Earlier this year, a complaint was filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court against Hi-Tech Electric for failing to pay wages promptly to its workers at its Hampton Inn construction project in Kinetic Park.
Fuller said, "That doesn't matter. The Huntington project is paid for and done. We got paid for it and we're off the job."
Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.