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The Danger of a Trench Collapse in Pennsylvania


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2/4/2011
Daniel J. O'Brien
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An accident on a construction site in Pennsylvania can lead to serious injuries and death.

Construction workers in trenches are particularly at risk for the following:
 

  • cave-ins;
  • falls;
  • oxygen depletion;
  • toxic fumes; and
  • drowning. 


Although there are protective systems and special boxes available to provide some security for construction workers in trenches, not every employer puts these to use. Consequently, a fellow construction worker using a backhoe or other heavy equipment near the trench could cause vibrations, which could lead to a trench cave in and severe injuries.

When the trench caves in, workers can be crushed and suffer asphyxia when their oxygen is depleted. They could also be hit by falling debris and suffer broken bones, traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injuries. Additionally, gasses and poisonous fumes could be in the trench, which pose serious risks to the workers.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a trench collapse in Pennsylvania, you should speak with a Philadelphia construction accident lawyer. You might be able to file a personal injury claim against any third parties, such as contractors and equipment manufacturers, who might have contributed to your injuries. You could be entitled to compensation even if you are receiving Workers' Compensation. 

Help After a Trench Collapse in Pennsylvania

If you have been severely injured in a trench collapse in Pennsylvania, you shouldn't have to suffer and pay for expensive medical bills that were caused by another person's negligence. Contact a Philadelphia construction accident lawyer at White & Williams LLP today. We will provide a free, no obligation consultation on your case - 1-877-944-8396.



Category: Construction and Industrial Accidents


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