On behalf of Rios Law Firm PLLC posted in construction accidents on Sunday, November 10, 2019.
Some of the most dangerous areas on construction sites in Arizona and elsewhere are excavations and trenches. For this reason, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes strict safety regulations for keeping workers safe. There are several options by which the walls of trenches can be stabilized, including shoring, sloping and inserting trench boxes, which can prevent a workplace accident. Sadly, lives are often lost when these regulations are disregarded.
A construction worker recently lost his life in a trench collapse in Tucson. In this case, the walls of the trench were not adequately supported or sloped. The victim was not even in the trench when the wall collapsed. Reportedly, he was standing on the edge of the trench when the ground underneath him caved in. He toppled into the excavation and was overwhelmed by the soil.