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Oct 13, 2015 | Keith Adkins

Construction Accident Lawyers Talk Trench Collapses

Excavation is an essential part of construction, but it can also be extremely dangerous. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 271 workers died between 2000-2006 from trench collapses and cave-ins.

The Maryland construction accident lawyers at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers explain that recently a Columbia, Maryland, construction worker was injured on the job as the result of a trench collapse. The incident occurred at around 7:45 p.m. on Oct. 10.

NBC 4 Washington News reports the worker was digging a trench for a waterline at a construction site located on Barchink Place when the walls of the hole suddenly collapsed. The worker was trapped beneath dirt piled up to his chest and emergency crews were called to the scene to free the victim. The worker was then taken to a local hospital for treatment.

At ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, we want to help construction workers stay safe on the job. That’s why we suggest these tips for working near trenches or ditches:

  • Plan Ahead– Before digging, have local utility companies come out to measure and mark where service lines are located.
  • Use Protective Systems– When digging trenches; make sure the walls of the hole are properly supported.
  • Remove Dangerous Surroundings– Make sure all ladders, scaffolding and other equipment are away from the edge of a trench.
  • Be Aware– Do not enter an unprotected ditch. Furthermore, exit any trench that shows signs of a collapse, such as accumulating water.

Our Maryland personal injury lawyers hope these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe on a construction site.

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