Injuries Due To Trench Accidents

Working in trenches is a dangerous way to earn a living. When trench walls collapse, workers can be buried under dirt or construction materials. They can suffer broken bones and head injuries and may suffocate. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the fatality rate for excavation work is 112 percent higher than the rate for general construction.

Know Your Rights: You May Be Entitled To More Than Workers' Comp

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a trench accident, you may have legal claims in addition to workers' compensation.

The attorneys at the New York City law firm Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C., understand the catastrophic injuries that can happen from construction accidents, and we have experience representing clients in many kinds of injuries. We understand construction accidents like few other lawyers in the area.

Causes Of Trench Accidents

Federal, state and local laws require construction sites to have appropriate safety precautions in place. Despite these laws, construction accidents continue to happen. According to OSHA, trench and excavation accidents are most often caused by:

  • Lack of protective systems for workers
  • Failure to adequately shore up trenches
  • Failure to inspect trench and protective systems
  • Excavated material or spoils placed too close to the edge of a trench
  • Unsafe access to trenches

While cave-ins are the causes of accidents most feared by workers in trenches, other hazards abound. Workers may come into contact with underground utilities. They may suffer from a lack of oxygen or be exposed to toxic fumes. In short, workers face a wide variety of dangers in a trench.

Many of these accidents could be prevented with basic safety precautions. Workers should use protective systems in trenches, and they should always have a way to escape the trench within 25 feet. Spoils should be kept a safe distance from the edge of a trench, and trenches should be inspected regularly.

Contact Our Attorneys

Accidents and injuries happen despite safety requirements in trenches. If you or a loved one has been injured, our lawyers can evaluate your case for potential legal claims. In many cases, a personal injury claim can lead to money damages that workers' compensation alone will not provide.

To learn more, call us locally at 212.732.4992, call us toll free at 800-574-4LAW or complete our contact form. We offer free initial consultations, and our construction accident cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not charge attorney fees unless we recover compensation for your claim. We serve clients throughout the region.

Case Results

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