Trench Collapse Accidents

Brooklyn Trench Collapse Attorney

Construction trenches are a common sight at job sites around New York City. Commercial, residential or municipal construction often requires workers to lay new plumbing, electrical conduits and even frame foundations below grade in the cramped and potentially dangerous confines of construction trenches. These trenches run anywhere from knee deep to 15 feet or more. While OSHA regulations apply to any trench five feet deep or deeper, trench collapses kill over five workers per year and injure many more. The fatality rate for excavation and trenching work is 112% higher than the rate for general construction.

The Bronx Trench Injury Law Firm

These accidents can be avoided through the use of proper safety equipment such as trench boxes. In fact, OSHA requires that individual safety measures (designed by an engineer) are put in place whenever trenches or tunnels are in use. In addition, all construction trenches must be examined daily for signs of damage (such as caused by excessive rain or traffic/vibration).

The most common causes for trench collapses and injuries are:

  • Poorly dug trenches/defective equipment
  • Construction management or worker negligence
  • Improper trench reinforcement (shoring) to prevent sides of the trench from caving in
  • Lack of an escape trench box or improper placement of a trench box to protect workers

Speak With An Attorney Immediately After Any Trench Collapse

For over 25 years, the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel has helped the construction workers of New York and their families recover from tragic and avoidable accidents including trench collapses. We are familiar with the applicable OSHA regulations and sections of the New York Law that were enacted to protect workers from dangerous workplace conditions.

If you've been injured in a trench collapse at a construction site anywhere in New York City, call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel for a free consultation at 888-391-8546 or 212-385-1122 to speak with a qualified construction accident attorney about your trench collapse injuries. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.