Trenches can be very dangerous is not addressed with a full observance of safety procedures and 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.

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.


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Top Causes of Trench Accidents

  • 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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At Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP, we feel strongly about defending accident victims and have done so for over 50 years. Our New York City construction accident attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience and are backed by a history of case results totaling over $500 million. We proudly serve all five boroughs and are available 24/7 to offer you the help you need.

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