Trench Collapse and Excavation Cave Ins
Trench collapse fatalities are high because a trench wall can give out with no notice and workers who are in the trench, or who fall into the trench, are quickly buried with tons of dirt that can cause rapid asphyxiation. This is because one cubic yard of dry dirt can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds. The same yard of dirt, if wet, can weigh more than 3,000 pounds.
In response to more than 1,400 trench collapse fatalities, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) designed and implemented several safety standards in order to prevent the collapse of trenches or ditches range in depth from five to fifty feet deep and, depending upon the circumstances, can measure hundreds of feet in length. The standards were drafted in an effort to decrease the number of construction workers that are permanently disabled or killed on the job. Those standards include:
- use of a shield, or trench box system to protect individuals working in a trench from excavation hazards, e.g., a soil pile slide, shear wall collapse, belly side, or lip slide;
- shoring the sides of trenches and ditches with timber, beams, plates and other materials to ensure that the earth does not collapse on workers in the trench; and
- sloping the sides of trenches to decrease the weight that soil removed from a trench and piled nearby can exert on the walls of a trench (known as "overburden").
At Bottar Law, PLLC, our team of Syracuse personal injury lawyers have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict cases involving construction site accidents, injured construction workers and disabled laborers. If you or a loved one have been injured while working at a job site site, you and your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
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