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.
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:
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.
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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