Trench Collapses In New York
Giampa Law knows how to win
Trench collapses throughout New York often result in severe injuries and fatalities in construction accidents. As little as one cubic yard of soil can weigh up to 3,000 pounds. That’s the equivalent of a small car. They can happen quickly, allowing very little time for workers to get out of the way.
Excavating contractors are required by law to provide a safe environment for their workers. And if they fail to do so – usually because they wanted to save time and money – Giampa Law will hold them accountable. We know how to handle injuries resulting from a trench collapse and it shows in our case results. Consult with us today.
Why trench collapses happen
Trench collapses are often caused by:
- Lack of safety procedures
- Lack of inspection
- Rain and flooding
- Water main breaks
- Heavy machinery operating too close to trench
Regulations set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) require that excavating companies provide proper safeguards when digging trenches five feet or deeper. These safeguards include:
- Sloping: For trench walls that are likely to collapse, digging an angled slope along the walls will prevent a cave-in.
- Benching: Digging a vertical and horizontal bench alongside a sloped trench wall can prevent an avalanche of soil from caving in.
- Shoring/Shielding: This involves placing a wood or steel support system to prevent soil from moving in a trench.
After safeguards have been put in place, a trench must be inspected by someone specifically trained to recognize and correct hazards on a daily basis. Failure to follow these guidelines puts contractors in violation of OSHA regulations. If you were injured in a trench collapse because your employer failed to follow the safety guidelines, you need to speak with our law firm.
Why your case matters
Trench collapses in New York are serious incidents. Every year, they result in numerous injuries and fatalities. Workers must often endure months of recovery, and in many cases, the damage can be permanent. At Giampa Law, we understand the pain and suffering a trench collapse can cause New York workers and their families.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a trench collapse because of someone else’s negligence, we would like to speak with you. Our attorneys at Giampa Law thoroughly understand the OSHA guidelines that excavating companies are required to meet. If your employer fails to meet these guidelines, then they should be held accountable. We’ll fight for justice and uncover the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.