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 collapses
  • 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.