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Understanding the dangers of improper spoil-pile placement

Posted on December 5, 2014 3:00 pm under Construction Accident

Although safety precautions and regulations have been put in place to minimize the likelihood of excavation-related accidents, hundreds of workers are still involved in excavation accidents every year. In fact, excavation remains one of the biggest dangers in work sites across the country.

One of the most common causes of excavation accidents is unsafe placement of spoil-pile. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that spoil pile should be placed at least 2 feet from the edge of the excavation to prevent it from falling into the trench. Setting up devices and systems that would retain the spoil pile, such as a trench box, would also be helpful in ensuring workers’ safety. Finally, in situations where a two-foot set-back would not be permissible, it is the duty of the employer/contractor to provide the tools necessary to haul the spoil pile to another location.

If you believe the trench accident you have been involved in was the result of another party’s recklessness, a Madison construction accident lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® might be able to help you seek compensation through a lawsuit. Call us at (414) 271-0900 for a free initial assessment of your case.