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Construction workers' accidents are a possibility in trench work

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides safety guidelines for nearly every possible hazard in nearly every industry. When it comes to construction workers' accidents here in Pennsylvania or elsewhere in the country, the number of things that could go wrong ranges from falls from heights to being crushed in a trench collapse. Certain safety measures are required for anyone working in a trench, where the risk of serious injuries or death is a daily possibility.

Not only is there a risk of the trench collapsing if it is not properly shored up, but objects could fall into the trench and cause serious injuries or death as well. For example, a construction worker recently died in a trench at a housing construction project in another state. First reports regarding the incident said that the trench in which the man was working collapsed.

However, as time went on, reports were changed to indicate that an unidentified object fell on the man and killed him. No one living in another part of the neighborhood knew exactly what happened, but they did know that someone was killed and saw numerous emergency vehicles going to the scene. At last report, local news crews put in a call to OSHA's local office to find out if the agency will conduct the investigation into this tragedy.

While officials from that agency, along with others, conduct the investigation, the man's family must deal with his sudden and unexpected death. As part of that process, surviving family members could receive benefits through the workers' compensation system similar to those provided to families here in Pennsylvania to help with the financial burdens thrust upon them because of the death of their loved one. Fatalities due to construction workers' accidents are often preventable and might involve third parties such as motorists, equipment manufacturers and others. Any family facing the loss of a loved one in a work-related accident would undoubtedly benefit from discussing the matter with an attorney to determine all possible sources of restitution.

Source:, "Man dies in construction site accident in east Mecklenburg County", Alexa Ashwell, Feb. 3, 2017

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