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Trench Accidents

How To Create Safety Training Programs for Construction Workers


Construction companies have a duty to provide proper safety training to all their workers so that serious injuries, illnesses, and deaths can be minimized.  Although larger construction site supervisors may hire outside consultants to conduct their training sessions, most moderate-sized and smaller companies create their own programs. Fortunately, OSHA (Occupational and Safety Health Administration), NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) and other government groups publish online training guidelines and standards. Here is a brief look at key factors that construction companies often consider when trying to design their own safety programs. Of course, responsible employers should already be providing...

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Five Causes of Trench Accidents


Trenches are a common sight in the construction industry and present several dangers. These include falls, cave-ins, dangerous fumes and gases, and worker vulnerability to falling loads from above. The greatest danger however, is a cave-in on the workers inside the trench. Here are five factors that cause cave-in trench accidents: Inadequate Protection Systems in Place A vertical wall of soil is generally unstable. Although it may initially hold up when the soil conditions are right, disturbances such as vibration or changes in the soil's moisture can cause the wall to collapse. To ensure worker safety, appropriate protection systems are required. Depending on...

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New York Trench Accident Lawyers Discuss a Recent OSHA Fine for Unsafe Trenching

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A January 9, 2017, news release from the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration provides details of $197,752 in proposed fines for one willful and eight serious violations explains one of the New York trench accident lawyers at the F&A injury law firm. The willful violation was for exposing workers to cave-in hazards. Incident Details  A major New York-based contractor, Landtek, faces the fines following reports of unsafe trenching at Verona High School on June 22, 2016. Landtek is a general contractor specializing in sports facility construction. It was responsible for a project involving the installation of synthetic turf and new tennis courts....

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New York Trench Accident Lawyer Discusses a Recent Flood that Caused a Tragic Trench Collapse

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A trench accident occurred on Friday, October 21, at about 1 p.m. when water suddenly flooded an underground area in Boston’s South end explains a trench accident lawyer at the F&A injury law firm in New York City. Witnesses told the Boston Globe that a torrent of brown water suddenly spewed into the trench and across the Dartmouth Street construction zone. The Boston Police Commissioner, William Evans, suggested that a water pipe ruptured for an unknown reason. Trench Suddenly Floods  A number of workers were in the long, narrow trench when it flooded without warning. At least two workers escaped, but two others...

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