Trench collapses in Arizona are a major source of construction accident deaths. Between 1990 and 2000, there were 771 fatal accidents involving trenching and excavations in the United States. On average, 70 construction workers die each year while working in a trench. Some workers operate without even realizing that they could be digging their own grave. A hard hat in most of these cases may not offer that much protection if a trench wall collapses due to proper safety measures are not being taken. The real tragedy of trenching accidents is that they can be prevented.
Recently, a 25-year-old construction worker who was installing a storm sewer line about 10 feet underground was pinned to the sewer main and killed after the walls of the trench collapsed. According to a report in The Monitor, the young man was instantly killed. The man was apparently working for a private contractor. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is conducting an investigation of the site in order to determine whether all safety protocols were followed.
If your loved one was fatally injured in a trench collapse, your family may be entitled to receive Arizona workers’ compensation benefits through the deceased victim’s employer. However, if the accident occurred because of negligence on the part of someone other than the employer, then you may have a third-party claim against that individual or entity.
These are complex legal issues which must be handled by experienced and knowledgeable Mesa construction accident lawyers. Please contact the skilled Phoenix accident attorneys at Breyer Law Offices P.C. for a free consultation and comprehensive evaluation of your claim.