Trenches can be very dangerous is not addressed with a full observance
of safety procedures and excavation and construction technical skill.
When they are not properly prepared and shored, or when proper precaution
is not taken in their vicinity, accidents and injuries can result. Some
of the ways in which this can happen include:
- Heavy operating vehicles driving nearby can cause a trench wall to collapse
Inadequate or improperly installed shoring, or no shoring at all can allow
- Workers may be crushed if a collapse occurs when they are in the trench
or near its edge
- Individuals may fall into an excavation
Heavy equipment may fall into a trench if the ground gives way, injuring its operator
and those below and possibly causing death
Building materials may
fall onto or trap workers in a trench, potentially crushing them, causing other
injuries or suffocating them
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If you or a loved one has been injured in a trench cave-in or other
construction accident, a construction accident lawyer can help to determine your legal options.
Depending on the specifics of the accident, you
may be able to file a claim under
Labor Law 240 or 241. If the incident falls under the umbrella of these laws, negligence need
not be established, the owner or contractor is held responsible in any case.
At Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP, we feel strongly about defending
accident victims and have, in fact, specialized in this since our inception
over 50 years ago. Our
New York City construction accident attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience and combine that with our enthusiasm
to fight for your rights to achieve our successes.