With a fatality rate 112% higher than that of general construction, excavation work is considered among most dangerous type of construction work in the country, according to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). Among the most common types of hazards is cave in due to unprotected excavations and trenches.
Section 29 CFR 1926.652 of the OSHA regulations states that before the start of an excavation job, employers and contractors should make sure that the excavation is sloped in an angle specified by OSHA’s safety standards. The regulation also requires excavations to have benching systems, or a series of horizontal steps or rails that would cut back the walls of an excavation at certain angles depending on the cohesiveness of the soil.
If an employer fails to meet any of these requirements, he might be legally accountable for all the damages that have resulted from his negligence. To learn how a lawyer might be able to help you, speak with a Madison-based construction accident attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®. You may reach us by calling (414) 271-0900 today.