New York Trench Accidents Attorneys
Trenching and excavating expose construction workers to a high risk
of fatality if protected systems are not put in place to guard
against cave-ins. When a trench collapse results in serious injury
or death of a loved one, talk to a lawyer experienced with
construction trench accidents. Ask for a
free legal consultation at our New York offices
or at a location that is convenient for you.
A trench collapse or cave-in is the greatest risk associated with
excavation work. If a cave-in occurs, the injuries are often fatal
or catastrophic and may include asphyxiation due to a lack of
oxygen, inhalation of toxic materials, fire or drowning.
At Bonina & Bonina, P.C., you will meet personal injury lawyers who
have the knowledge and experience to investigate trench collapse and
other construction accidents. For more than 40 years, Bonina &
Bonina, P.C. has represented seriously injured workers by investigating
accidents and filing appropriate lawsuits. We have successfully
imposed absolute liability against contractors and owners who failed
to comply with the laws protecting workers in trenches.
- Causes of a trench collapse: Trench collapses can occur
for many reasons. Moving machinery near the edge of a job site excavation
can cause a collapse of a wall within the excavation. A rainstorm or
flooding from a broken water main could increase the risk for injury.
Improper shoring or bracing can cause catastrophic injury to workers. Trench
and excavation-related injuries can also occur if workers contact or sever
underground utility lines.
- Contractor and employer responsibilities: Contractors
and employers must use protective systems that comply with state and federal
laws for worker safety and inspect trenches daily at the start of every
shift to ensure safety. They need to inspect trenching or excavation areas
following rainstorms or flooding. They have an obligation to contact
utilities and identify underground lines to guard against injury or death.
Trench collapses can be avoided by daily inspections and strict adherence to
plans and specifications.
- Warning signs of trench collapse: Contractors and
employers should be aware of warning signs associated with cave-ins such as
tension cracks, changes in wall slope or bulge, bowing of struts, softening
of the sidewall or visual deformation of the bracing system or trench.
Contractors and employers must be aware of any changes in soil condition,
must maintain proper slope ratio, and must guard against excessive
vibration. They must be aware of rainfall and equipment location relative to
the excavation, and must ensure proper installation procedures.
- Trench collapse exit procedures: In addition to
constant checks on the safety of a trench, the contractor needs to establish
a plan for escaping a trench collapse and assure workers are trained in
safety and have necessary safety equipment.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a trench accident or
an accident on a construction site, call for a
free consultation so we can explain your options, and help you decide what
actions you should take. At the law offices of Bonina & Bonina, P.C. we come
to work every day believing that there should be equal justice for
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