Trenching and Excavation Accidents
Construction workers are routinely putting their safety at risk to get the job done, and rarely more so than when doing excavation, hand digging or working in trenches. When job site supervisors and subcontractors fail to prioritize safety, or when safety equipment fails, trench collapse accidents can have extremely serious—even fatal—consequences. As a construction worker, you’re entitled to know that someone is watching out for your safety, and that the costs of any injuries you get on the job will be covered. Make sure you receive the compensation you deserve after a New Jersey trenching, hand digging or excavation accident by contacting construction accident attorney Andrew R. Jacobs as soon as possible after an injury.
A perilous task
Digging trenches is one of the most dangerous jobs on a worksite. Soil is incredibly heavy, weighing between 2,000 to 3,000 pounds per cubic yard, and making trench collapse common. The steps that job site managers must take to avoid trench collapse are often demanding, leading many to avoid these safety precautions in favor of simply hoping for the best. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has designed careful regulations and procedures for excavation and trench-digging job sites, but many site managers neglect to follow these rules designed to keep their workers safe.
OSHA estimates that some 1,000 trench collapses occur on job sites nationwide each year, with between 50 and 100 of these resulting in fatally-injured workers. At particular risk are workers involved in utility installation, foundation pouring, and cable burying.
Trench collapses and excavation accidents can result in:
- Electrocution from contact with underground utilities
- Drowning from hitting underground springs or plumbing
- Asphyxiation from prolonged time in a confined, unventilated space
- Suffocation under fallen soil
- Broken bones from soil collapse or from falls in a trench
If you’ve been injured on the job in New Jersey in a trenching, hand digging or excavation accident, you may have a right to receive compensation through a claim for damages. Seek the advice of an attorney who understands the nature of your injuries, the dangers faced by construction workers, and the way to get you the money you need to keep up with medical bills and cover you for lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life.
Skilled and Experienced New Jersey Construction Accident Attorney
For any on-the-job injuries in New Jersey, contact the skilled construction accident attorney Andrew R. Jacobs for a free consultation on your claim, at 973-532-9681.