On a New York construction site, the proper steps should be taken to minimize the risk of trench cave-ins.
When trench walls collapse, road construction crews and sewer and waterline construction workers can be seriously injured. Workers can be buried under dirt, rocks, construction materials, and other types of equipment. Broken bones, traumatic brain injury, and severe disfigurement are among the injuries that can result when trench walls collapse. Additionally, a cubic yard of soil can weigh as much as a car, which makes the risk for suffocation very high.
These kinds of accidents can be caused by soil shifting due to rain, improper preparation or maintenance of the trench, or misplacement of heavy equipment or machinery. Trench workers can also be injured if proper safety precautions aren't taken regarding underground gas and electrical lines. OSHA provides guidelines for the digging and maintenance of trenches that are designed to minimize the risk of collapse, and trenches should be inspected daily for signs of weakness.
New York Construction Accident Lawyers for Trench Accidents
Trenches are deeper than they are wide, which is the cause of their instability. Support structures are built in trenches to prevent collapse, but supervisors and trench specialists should assess the stability of a trench before employees are permitted to work in it. A New York accident attorney with experience in construction accident lawsuits can investigate a trench collapse and determine if the negligence of third parties contributed to the accident. If that is the case, the victims and their families may be able to recover compensation for the damages they have incurred, including medical bills, lost wages, and wrongful death.
There are several parties who may be responsible for injuries due to trench collapses. In order to find out if you are eligible to recover compensation for an injury, fill out our FREE case evaluation form. An experienced New York construction accident lawyer will discuss your case and legal rights with you.
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