The construction industry has been recognized as one of the most dangerous fields to work in. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says that the “fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average in this category for all industries.” Because construction workers are often required to work in areas that put their life at risk, it is up to an employer to ensure their employees are properly trained in the field and are provided with the tools they need to stay safe.
Unfortunately, despite the precautions that are sometimes taken, accidents still happen. Click Orlandorecently reported that a construction worker in Longwood, FL was killed after the trench he was working in caved in. That worker has been identified as Kevin Jones. The news source says that a crew had been working on East Warren Avenue in Longwood on a sewer project at the time when the trench caved.
Two crew members became trapped by the falling dirt and first responders were dispatched to help. While first responders were able to remove the two men from the trench, only one survived. The source says that Jones was transported to Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital where he died. As for the other worker, he was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in stable condition.
The incident is currently under investigation to determine what may have caused the trench to cave in.
When an employer hires individuals to complete a job that entails working in a trench, it is their duty to ensure the area is safe for them to work in as OSHA says that excavation and trenching are among the most hazardous construction operations. Some of the general trenching and excavation rules OSHA says employers should be following include:
- Keep all heavy equipment away from the edges of the trench.
- Keep surcharge loads at least 2 feet (0.6 meters) from the trench’s edges.
- Be aware of where underground utilities are located.
- Test for low oxygen, hazardous fumes, and toxic gases.
- Inspect trenches at the beginning of each shift.
- Inspect trenches following after a rainstorm.
- Never work under raised loads.
While some trenching incidents are accidental, others happen when an employer fails to inspect the areaand/or provide their employees with the safety tools needed to complete the job. If you were recently involved in a trenching accident and suffered injuries, the Miami, FL work injury lawyers at Mario Trespalacios P.A. want to help you obtain the benefits, including compensation you may be entitled to while you work toward recovering.
The Miami, FL work injury attorneys at Mario Trespalacios P.A. have been helping victims of work accidents for years and are ready to lend a legal hand to you during these trying times.
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