Trench Accident Attorneys
Trenches pose a serious risk to construction workers who are required to enter them as well as individuals who work near them. It can be easy to ignore the dangers of a trench, especially when they are not very deep. However, even a shallow trench can cause serious injury or loss of life. Trenches must often be dug on construction sites in order to bury electrical wires, conduit, plumbing, or to gain access for another reason to an underground area. While this is typically a routine task performed by a backhoe, excavator, or another method, sometimes accidents happen. Trench accidents can result in on-the-job injuries, which is why it is important construction workers and their families understand their legal rights. If you or a loved one has been injured or worse in a trench accident, please contact an attorney from Rad Law Firm today. Our experienced lawyers have represented victims of trench accidents throughout Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, Austin, and Brownsville and have what it takes to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Types of Trench Accidents and OSHA’s Safety Standards
Many trench accidents are preventable and take place when inexperienced workers fail to assess the ground’s strength before they dig. Furthermore, many companies fail to adhere to OSHA standards by not having a properly trained person assess the ground before digging or failing to use the correct equipment.
That being said, trench accidents fall into several categories:
- Cave-in/collapse – Which can leave the worker buried or crushed, causing serious injuries such as asphyxiation
- Falling into a trench – Which can occur when a trench is unguarded and a worker is standing on the lip of an improperly shored trench
- Heavy machinery falling into and collapsing a trench – When heavy machinery is used too close to the edge of a trench, it may fall in and injure workers in the trench or the operator
Trenches are just one of the many dangers that construction workers may have to face on a daily basis in a notoriously hazardous industry. According to reports from OSHA, at least two construction workers are killed each month due to trench accidents. To help stop these types of accidents from taking place, it is important that workers are aware of such OSHA safety standards as the following:
- Keeping excavated soil and heavy equipment at least two feet from a trench
- Testing for hazardous fumes, gases, or low oxygen in trenches that are more than four feet deep
- Requiring workers to wear visible and protective clothing
- Setting up appropriate protective systems
If any of these safety regulations are violated, workers may be at risk of being severely injured, or worse.
Call Us For a FREE Consultation Today
To learn more about your rights, we invite you to contact an attorney from Rad Law Firm today for a free consultation. As experienced trench accident lawyers, we can help answer all of your questions about any type of construction site injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in a trench accident, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries, mounting medical bills, and any emotional trauma you’ve sustained.
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