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Confined Space Accidents


Many types of construction projects require workers to spend time in confined spaces. Unfortunately, confined space accidents are common, exposing construction workers, and their rescuers, at risk for serious injuries and death. 

If you have been injured in a confined space accident, contact Mike Agruss Law for a free consultation. We are a Chicago-based injury law firm representing individuals (and their families) who have suffered an injury in an accident. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. Lastly, Mike Agruss Law is not paid attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice. 

What Constitutes a Confined Space?

Companies that require employees to work in confined spaces have a legal obligation to those workers to conduct comprehensive inspections of the work areas, especially when such areas come with an increased risk of serious injuries and death. 

Confined spaces can include:

  • Vaults
  • Hoppers
  • Storage bins
  • Tunnels
  • Boilers
  • Excavated areas
  • Pits
  • Silos
  • Pipelines
  • Tanks
  • Ship compartments 

Confined spaces pose a risk to workers for many reasons. For example, a worker in a pit is at-risk for materials engulfing them, asphyxiating them, or crushing them when proper preventative measures are not taken. 

Preventing Confined Space Accidents 

While confined spaces are not without risk, the vast majority of confined space accidents could be prevented. To protect workers, rules, procedures, and safety protocols must be in effect and followed at every job site. Some rules that should be followed include:

  • Keep the confined space locked or sealed to prevent unauthorized entry when not working
  • Post warning signs
  • Provide necessary safety information to workers and ensure they understand the risks associated with the confined area
  • Provide quick access to rescue equipment

Secondary Accidents

Secondary accidents occur when a rescuer is injured or killed when attempting to help a worker that is trapped in a confined space. These accidents often occur when a rescuer attempts to extract the worker before the area is deemed safe and secure or they are not wearing personal protective equipment. 

Accidents that occur in these types of spaces make rescue attempts even more dangerous by instability in the surrounding area, physical barriers, limited areas for movement, and hazards such as flammable and toxic substances. 

If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to a confined space accident, you likely have extensive, life-long injuries. These types of accidents are complex, but an experienced personal injury lawyer can review your case and determine who may be liable for your injuries and what damages you may be entitled to. 

We at Mike Agruss Law are proud to serve our fellow citizens in personal injury cases, especially when you or a loved one has been injured, and we are fully committed to protecting your rights and ensuring that the other party is held legally accountable when negligence occurs. We will fight until the very end to ensure that you are fully compensated for all injuries and losses resulting from the accident, including medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering, and you won’t owe us a dime for our services. 

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Helping our clients is about counseling, advocating, and ultimately solving problems. With years of experience successfully representing the people, not the powerful, we will take care of the insurance adjusters, your medical bills, your property damage, your lost wages, and monitor your treatment so you can focus on healing and getting your life back to normal. Our unique formula has earned us over 900 outstanding client reviews on our website, an A+ BBB rating, and over 120 five-star reviews on Google.  Call 888-572-0176, e-mail us at [email protected], or schedule a meeting with us here. We’re here 24/7.

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