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Trench accidents pose a serious hazard to construction workers

The construction industry is a dangerous one for people in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the country. If you work in construction, chances are you are aware of the dangers you face every day. You may have already seen a fellow employee injured or killed in a work-related accident. The attorneys at Friday & Cox LLC are also knowledgeable in the dangers faced by those in the construction industry, and prepared to help them receive compensation when they need it.

One of the worst hazards you may face on a construction site involves trenches or excavations, states the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration. OSHA requires that preventive safety measures are put in place before anyone is allowed to work inside a trench. Unfortunately, safety violations regarding trenches occur on a regular basis, which may result in injuries or fatalities.

The most common trench hazard you would face is a cave-in, but there are others. In a deep excavation, you might encounter a lack of oxygen or hazardous fumes, resulting in the risk of asphyxiation. You might fall into a trench or unstable loads might fall onto those working inside. Mobile equipment incidents are another common danger around trenches.

To protect workers from excavation accidents, deep trenches must be braced or shored with supports. Trench walls may be cut at an angle to prevent cave-ins. Trench boxes may be used to provide support in particularly deep trenches. There must also be a clear route of escape for those working in the excavations. Despite regulations, safety violations and mistakes result in hundreds of injuries and dozens of deaths in trench accidents every year. For more information on construction accidents, visit our page.

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