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Recognizing the hazards of excavation and trenching

Posted on December 3, 2014 4:31 pm under Construction Accident

Trenches and excavations are common in many construction sites across the country. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration defines an excavation as any man-made cavity or cut formed by removing the earth’s surface. A trench is a type of excavation that is deeper than its width, and narrower than its length.

Excavations in any worksite should be considered dangerous. Among the most commonly-reported incidents involving excavations and trenches are:

  • Cave-ins
  • Falling loads
  • Suffocation due to toxic fumes, lack of oxygen
  • Water accumulation, drowning
  • Electrical hazards due to buried electrical lines
  • Explosions due to underground energy utilities
  • Automobile-related accidents while excavating

Excavation accidents, no matter how massive and injurious they might be, are highly preventable. Unfortunately, some employers and contractors choose to ignore safety systems for greater financial returns, which may result in devastating accidents. If you have been involved in an excavation accident due to a negligent employer, have your case assessed for free by consulting with an attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®. Call our Wisconsin office at (414) 271-0900 today.