Although excavation is an essential part of construction, it is one of its most dangerous processes. There is an increased chance for accidents, especially when job site supervisors and subcontractors fail to prioritize safety. The resulting injuries can be serious and possibly life-changing, if not fatal. As a construction worker, you’re entitled to know that someone is looking out for your safety. We will make sure you receive the compensation you deserve after an excavation accident. Contact our Phoenix excavation accident lawyers today so we can evaluate your case in a free consultation.
The following are some of the more common causes of injury and death related to excavation and trenching on construction sites:
The trench or sidewall can collapse, or there may be a cave-in, which can bury workers and cause them to suffocate.
Falls into trenches and excavation sites can result in broken bones, internal organ damage, and traumatic brain injuries.
Objects such as tools, building materials, heavy equipment, or may fall into a trench on top of workers if safety measures aren’t taken.
A gas main can break during excavation, and workers may not be able to evacuate in time.
A sudden rainstorm or breaking of a water main can result in drowning or electrocution.
This often occurs due to wires becoming exposed when workers or contractors don’t confirm that they are digging in an area where underground wiring isn’t present.
OSHA has certain safety rules and regulations in place, designed to protect the public and workers at or near the excavation areas. Employers and site supervisors must:
When these laws and regulations are not properly followed, it often results in serious injuries. Workers or passersby may suffer catastrophic trauma, possibly to the brain, neck, or spine.
Excavation injury claims tend to be complicated because they can involve multiple parties and their insurance companies. To ensure that you get compensation worthy of your losses, schedule a free consultation with a Phoenix injury lawyer today. Reach us online or call (602) 726-0747.