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Local Gas Pipeline Contractor Cited for Trenching Hazards at NJ Construction Site

Posted on Apr 12, 2013

Last month, Henkels & McCoy, Inc., a Pennsylvania based engineering, network development and construction firm, was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for repeat trenching hazards at a Bayonne, NJ site.*

OSHA's citation states that workers working in an 11-foot deep trench were not properly protected and were exposed to crush injuries from potential cave-ins.  The company was cited for the same violation back in 2011. 

Protection Systems for Trenches

One of the leading causes of death in excavation work is a trench cave-in.  Employer must ensure protection systems are implemented in order to protect the workers.  Such protection systems include, but are not limited to:

  • slopping the trench,
  • supporting the trench by using materials such as posts, shore beams or planking, or
  • shielding the trench with a trench box.

Serious and Fatal Injuries Result from Trench Cave-Ins

When a trench caves in, workers often sustain serious crush injuries and even death as a result.  Workers and their families are often devastated after the accident and do not know that there may be other legal avenues beyond filing a worker's compensation claim.

Other third parties such as contractors or sub-contractors, may have caused the cave-in.

Philadelphia, PA and NJ Construction Site Trench Cave-In Accident Lawyers

It is important to talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer who specializes in workplace accidents to determine other liable parties to ensure maximum recovery for the injured worker and his/her family.

If you were injured in a trench cave-in accident, feel free to contact Daniel O'Brien for a free, no obligation consultation @ 877.944.8396.

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*Source: OSHA

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