The use of underground space brings optimal solutions for urban development meeting the demands for reliable infrastructure, combined with a need for increased energy efficiency, while cities remain compact. While tunnels are built for many purposes, nearly all construction operations involve certain dangers and require extensive safety precautions. Underground environments can negatively impact workers' ability to perform the required job in a safe manner.

Some of the more common types of severe injuries tunnel diggers can sustain while on the job may include the following:

A partial list of hazardous situations is presented here as a means of highlighting the range of factors that influence the health and safety of an underground working environment:

  • Collapse caused by landslide
  • Collapse caused by water gushing and mud inrush
  • Toxic gas poisoning
  • Gas explosion
  • Rockfall causing a total landslide
  • Concrete falling from the ceiling
  • Crane accidents
  • Formwork and scaffold collapse

If you or a loved one was severely injured in a tunnel work accident, we, at John M. O’Brien & Associates, can help. Given the complexities associated with tunnel accidents, it is vital that you work with an attorney who has extensive experience in handling them.

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