Trench collapses continue to cause the deaths of construction workers, despite the availability of Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules that are designed to protect workers.
At Healy Scanlon Law Firm in Chicago, we take the safety of construction workers as a serious concern. Many of our attorneys used to work in construction while they were in college and law school. If you have been injured in a construction accident or your family member died in a trench collapse or cave-in, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your options.
Rules That Are Designed to Protect Workers
Almost all worker deaths and injuries resulting from trench cave-ins or collapses are avoidable. The vast majority of these accidents happened because construction companies did not take the time or effort to provide a safe job environment for workers.
The following are examples of employer negligence that can lead to deadly accidents:
- Failing to use protective systems to prevent trenches from caving in
- Failing to inspect protective systems daily
- Placing excavated material too close to the edge of a trench or excavation
- Failure to provide workers with ladders, ramps or other means of getting in and out of trenches safely
Filing personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits against negligent construction companies can do more than compensate the victims of trench collapses and cave-ins. It can also send a strong message to construction companies to provide a safer environment for workers.
Contact Our Illinois Construction Injury Lawyers
There is never a charge to discuss your case with one of our Chicago trench collapse lawyers. Evening and weekend consultations are available. To speak to us, call 312-324-0409 (800-787-5431 toll free) or send us an e-mail. Se habla español.