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Trench Collapse Accidents

Construction work often requires excavation to lay down foundations, place or repair piping, and work on mechanics and wire below the ground’s surface. When safeguards are not used while digging and working within a trench, accidents can occur. Trench collapses are among the deadliest of construction accidents, often pinning, crushing, and burying workers alive in the trench with falling dirt and debris.

If you have been injured in a trench collapse 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.

OSHA Trenching Regulations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has specific regulations regarding safe trenching practices. Under 29 CFR 1926.652, OSHA states:

  • Trench boxes (retaining devices) are required in all trenches to prevent the walls of the excavated area from collapsing.
  • Soil conditions must be evaluated prior to the start of work.
  • Utility lines should be located before excavation.
  • Air conditions must be evaluated for the presence of toxic gasses and oxygen levels.
  • All workers must wear protective gear (hard hats).
  • Barriers and fencing should be used around trenches to prevent workers, bystanders, and heavy equipment from falling in.
  • Overhead work and suspended loads are prohibited from being used above a trench.

It is also important that construction workers receive the proper training required to ensure that they keep themselves and others safe while working in and around trenches. According to OSHA, approximately 1,000 workers are injured, and 100 workers are killed every year in trench collapse accidents, making this type of work one of the most dangerous parts of any construction project.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to negligence on the job site or a defective product, an experienced personal injury lawyer can review your claim and determine if there were unsafe working conditions, potential OSHA violations, and other hazards that may have existed at the time of your accident. They will also determine who may be liable for your injuries and damages and what compensation you may be entitled to.

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