Trench Collapse

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If you’re a construction worker, chances are that you’ve encountered a trench or excavation project. Trenches and excavations occur on many construction sites where new buildings are being erected, as well as many other large projects where substantial repairs are being made, pipe is being laid, or cable is being buried. Work done in trenches carries substantial risk for workers in construction sites. In the flash of an eye, a trench if not properly constructed or designed, can collapse and cause serious injuries and even death.


The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has made the prevention of trench collapse accidents one of its leading initiatives for over 30 years. Nevertheless, trench collapse accidents remain one of the leading causes of death on construction sites. In 2016, over two dozen workers were killed in a trench collapse, and many others suffering serious injuries. Soil can weigh up to 3,000 lbs. per cubic yard. When trenches aren’t properly constructed or designed, or protective equipment isn’t provided to workers, thousands of pounds of earth can come crashing down on workers, resulting in crush injuries or suffocation.

Cervantes Scherr Legate has handled numerous cases involving trench collapse.

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If you or someone you love has been killed or injured on a construction site because of negligence, contact Cervantes Scherr Legate for assistance. We are committed to helping you obtain the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys will aggressively protect your rights and best interests, every step of the way. Schedule your free consultation today.