According to the data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 271 fatalities associated with excavation cave-ins were recorded between 2000 and 2006, a majority of which happened in workplaces with less than 50 laborers.
One of the most common causes of excavation-related injuries and deaths is the lack of, or improper inspection before the start of excavation. Before digging, qualified workplace inspectors should first evaluate if the soil is fit for excavation and assess any possible hazards that may increase the risk of excavation incidents. To anticipate any possible dangers during excavation, inspections should be done routinely and when needed.
An excavation accident can be the result of worker’s error, the inspector’s failure to properly assess risks, or the employer’s lack of effort to ensure workplace safety. Whatever the cause, excavation accidents are often difficult to handle and can devastate victims and their families. If you have been involved in an excavation accident in Milwaukee, speak with a construction accident attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®. Call us at (414) 271-0900 today.