A construction worker injured on the job last year is set to receive a settlement in the amount of $2.4 million. The 32-year-old accident victim suffered severe injuries while working at a construction site in Raleigh in October of 2021. Construction accidents occur all too frequently, and when they do, they can result in catastrophic injuries or fatalities. If you or a loved one was hurt in a construction accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. An experienced personal injury attorney will help you resolve your claim and get the money you deserve.
Worker Hurt in Trench Collapse
The construction worker was working at a job site on St. Albans Drive, near North Hills Shopping Center, at the time of the accident. A trench collapsed, partially burying the worker. The man was trapped and buried up to his chest in the dirt and had to be extricated. The man suffered severe injuries and was transported to the hospital. Trench collapses are, unfortunately, among the most common types of construction accidents. When workers dig a trench, they must adequately secure the sides to prevent a cave-in. Those who work in the trench could be in a dangerous situation if the trench collapses.
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Trenching and Excavation Accidents
Trenching and excavation are integral parts of many types of construction and repair operations. Most trenching and excavation accidents can be prevented. Although they can be prevented, these types of accidents continue to occur, many of which result in death. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) warns that trench collapses are rarely survivable. These types of trenches should be appropriately designed and implemented. Trenches must be done according to OSHA standards that require excavations of five feet or more to utilize an approved protective system. Safe work practices will also help to reduce the potential hazards of trenches.
Injuries Caused by Trench Accidents
Trench and excavation cave-ins most often cause crushing injuries. Just one square yard of dirt can weigh more than 3,000 pounds. The weight of the dirt is what causes most of the severe injuries and fatalities in trench cave-ins. A person cannot breathe because of the extreme pressure against the body and organs. A person may suffocate if they are entirely covered in dirt. Rescue efforts must be very fast if there is to be any possibility of survival. Unfortunately, removing dirt in a cave-in can take many minutes or hours to complete and must be done with caution.
Trench and excavation accidents may be caused by negligence on the part of the company completing the work. If proper care was not taken or if the rules and regulations were not followed, the result could be a serious and life-threatening accident. If you were hurt in a construction accident, you may be owed compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and more. Contact our lawyers at Arnold & Smith, PLLC, at (704) 370-2828 for a free initial consultation.
The skilled personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to maximizing the financial recovery and obtaining justice for every personal injury client injured by another party’s negligence. The issues our personal injury clients may be facing include, but are not limited to, slip and fall injuries, wrongful death, product liability, catastrophic injuries, dog bite claims, car and truck accident injuries, motorcycle injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI), nursing home negligence, spinal cord injury, boating accidents, and defective medical device injury. Our personal injury attorneys understand the devastating impact such an injury can have on a person’s life, and that the effects so often go beyond physical pain and suffering. The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to helping clients determine the strength of their claims, and to aggressively pursuing the means necessary to achieve the best possible end result for each client’s particular situation.
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