Trench collapse or cave-in accidents occur quite often nowadays, as the construction industry is seeing an unprecedented development.
Statistics show that approximately 50 workers die each year as a result of trench collapse accidents.
The consequences of these incidents are often fatal. If the victims survive, there are high chances that the physical injuries they suffered lead to long-term side effects. Injuries of differing levels of severity can occur as a result of trench collapses.
Some of the most common are:
Accidents involving trench collapses are often devastating both for the victim and for the company who is responsible for the construction site where the collapse occurred.
Trench collapses can only be avoided if the necessary safety standards are followed at all times during the construction works. Preventing this type of accidents or any construction-related incident is a top priority for any company activating in this field. Therefore, certain measures should be taken in order to ensure that the risks associated with a trench collapse are avoided:
- A protective system should be implemented based on the type of excavation that is being performed
- Proper inspection should be conducted prior to the works in order to identify all the possible hazards
- Entry and exit measures should be applied for trenches that exceed a certain depth (typically – 4 feet)
- Marks should be placed strategically in order to signal that there is a trench nearby
Besides these measures, it is necessary to have skilled and properly trained people working on projects that involve trenches and good communication between all the members of the team.
However, accidents, by their definition, can occur at any time, even if the necessary caution measures have been taken. If you are injured in a trench collapse, we can help you. Call John M. O’Brien & Associates and one of our attorneys will start examining your potential claim. We have the necessary skills and experience to handle any claim related to a construction accident.