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PA Excavating Company Cited For Exposing Workers To Trenching Hazards

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A Pennsylvania excavating company, Lumadue Excavating LLC, was recently cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for 12 safety violations involving trenching hazards, 2 of them were for willful violations. * Source: www.OSHA.gov

A willful violation is when the employer intentionally or voluntarily disregards the law's requirements.

In this case, the excavating company failed to provide a protective system to prevent a trench cave-in at a work site. 

How To Prevent Cave-Ins And Injuries At Construction Sites

Cave-ins often result in serious injuries, and in some situations, death.  According to OSHA, an average of two workers are killed every month in trench collapses.  OSHA has clear standards that should be implemented to reduce the risk of workers getting hurt.

Some protective systems include:

  • Sloping: the trench wall is cut back at an angle inclined away from the excavation.
  • Shoring: aluminum hydraulic or other types of supports are installed to prevent soil movement and cave-ins.
  • Shielding: trench boxes or other types of supports are used to prevent soil cave-ins.

In addition, before commencing work every day, someone has to inspect the trenches to make sure that they are safe for the workers to enter.  If environmental conditions change, someone also needs to inspect the trenches.

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Pennsylvania and New Jersey Work Site Trenching Accident Lawyers

For workers who are injured in trenching accidents such as trench collapses or cave-ins, their lives are turned upside down.  Not only are they out of work for a period of time, but they also can no longer provide for their families.  Further, some workers may never be able to return to work because of the catastrophic injuries sustained in trench cave-in accidents.

The construction accident lawyers at White and Williams LLP are experienced personal injury lawyers who have helped many injured workers recover compensation they are entitled to.  Other than a workers' compensation claim, Daniel J. O'Brien, Esq. and his team will thoroughly investigate the accident to determine whether other parties were negligent and caused the accident so that you can take action against those parties.

If you or a loved one was in a trench cave-in accident at a work site or construction site, feel free to call Dan for a free, no obligation consultation @ 877.944.8396.

Category: Construction and Industrial Accidents


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