Those who work in the construction and excavation industries are well aware of the dangers of trench collapse accidents.
There are certain shoring standards and safety measures that employers are required to adhere to in order to reduce the potential for a trench collapse. Unfortunately, employers do not always follow these measures. If a worker is injured or killed as a result of this negligence, the injured worker or the family of a deceased worker may be able to recover compensation through a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
Causes of trench collapse accidents.
Trench collapse accidents are far too common and can occur for many different reasons. When it boils down to it, many trench collapses occur because an employer chooses profits over the safety of its employees. While a retaining wall is an essential part of trench safety, employers often choose to overlook shoring recommendations in order to complete the project quicker.
Failure to erect a retaining wall is often the case with smaller trenches, but even workers in small trenches face the possibility of thousands of pounds of dirt collapsing and trapping them. If the worker is not rescued in time, they could easily suffocate under the immense pressure.
Trench accidents often result in fatalities because of the enormous amount of weight that presses on the employee in a short period of time. While it is difficult for most people to believe a company might actually choose profits over the safety of their workers, this type of negligence has occurred throughout time, and is the reason it was necessary for OSHA to implement specific guidelines regarding the construction of trenches.
Responsibility for trench collapses.
Even if an employer follows OSHA guidelines during the digging or shoring of a trench, this is no guarantee that an accident will not occur. For instance, if the materials a company used in the construction of a retaining wall were defective, it’s quite likely the manufacturer of those materials will be held responsible for the accident through a 3rd-party product liability claim. Likewise, if the negligence of any person on the premises when an accident occurs causes a trench collapse, that person (and their employer) may be held responsible for the accident and any financial costs associated with it.
As work accident law is very complex in the State of Texas, it’s in the victim’s best interests to seek the services of an attorney experienced in handling Texas work injuries and wrongful deaths. An attorney can conduct an independent investigation which seeks to uncover the causes of the accident, as well as who may be partially liable. It’s essential to contact a lawyer as soon as possible in order to ensure no evidence is compromised or altered in any way after an accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a trench collapse accident or other excavation-related accident in or around Dallas, call the personal injury lawyers at Rasansky Law Firm. Our firm has handled work accident cases in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and would be happy to assess your case and help you determine the best course of action moving forward. We do this at no cost to you, and if you decide to hire our firm, you pay nothing unless we successfully recover you compensation.
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