RGLZ Holds Negligent Parties Liable for Injuries and Wrongful Deaths
Construction workers who perform job duties in or near ditches or trenches are subject to many hazards. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that trenching is one of the most dangerous construction jobs.
The greatest danger of working in a ditch or trench is the possibility of a collapse. Whether the sides of the ditch collapse or heavy equipment causes a collapse, workers in the ditch can be buried alive under tons of soil. The weight of the soil and the lack of oxygen can kill workers almost instantaneously.
To avoid a collapse, the walls of the trench or ditch should be supported. Trenches that are five feet or deeper must have walls that are shored up or sloped. In addition, there must be stairs, ladders or ramps in place for workers to get out of the ditch quickly. Before beginning any work, a soil analysis should be done to assess the ground’s stability.
Other dangers of working near ditches include falls and exposure to gases. Depending on the location of the ditch, there may be hazardous fumes or insufficient oxygen inside. The air quality should be tested before workers enter the ditch. Workers should be given respirators or other breathing apparatus to wear while working in the ditch.
Failure to properly support trench walls, provide exits, perform soil and air tests, and provide respirators are all examples of negligence by employers and contractors. If defective safety equipment or machinery causes an accident, the manufacturer may be liable for any injuries. We will determine liability in your case and aggressively pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and other expenses.
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If you or a family member has been injured in a trenching or ditch accident, you may be entitled to compensation from your employer and from a negligent third party. At RGLZ Personal Injury Law, we’ve successfully represented thousands of workers with third-party personal injury and wrongful death claims since our founding in 1968. To schedule a free consultation with a Long Island or New York City ditch accident injury attorney, call us at 866-639-5567 or contact us online. We’ll help you get to a better place.