While most construction workplace injuries result from the dangers of working at heights and the risk of falling debris, working in trenches can be tremendously dangerous as well when insufficient safety precautions are taken. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration “OSHA” reports excavation and trenching work as among the most hazardous of construction work. Too often workers are sent into trenches without the safety features or considerations they should have, including:
- Trench boxes or other means of support to prevent cave-ins.
- Ladder or some other means of egress
- Equipment for monitoring toxic fumes
In addition to the lack of safety equipment, workers in trenches are often exposed to various risks of workplace injuries such as:
- Heavy machinery operating nearby, which can destabilize trench walls
- The piling of soil pulled from the trench at the top of the trench wall where the added weight can cause a collapse
- Improperly dug trenches
- Failure to examine the soil for stability
When trench collapses or cave-ins occur, workers can be fatally injured as well as suffer crushing injuries, asphyxiation and many other types of injuries.
Injured workers and their families deserve to be compensated. But, what if your employer does not carry workers’ compensation insurance?
You still have a right to be compensated.
If you have been injured in a trench collapse or if you have lost a loved one in such an accident, you should seek qualified legal counsel immediately so that the cause of the accident is investigated thoroughly on your behalf. If you have any questions regarding your right to compensation, call us now for a free, no-obligation consultation.