One of the most dangerous workplace accidents that can happen is a Florida trench collapse. These accidents almost always result in the death of one or more workers, or at best, serious or life-threatening injuries.
Trenches are used for many construction projects in and around the cities of Florida. Trenches can be used for
- burying utilities
- installing cables
- pouring building foundations
- building tunnels or waterways
While many trenches used in construction projects are safe, there is always the chance of a Florida trench collapse. When these occur, they can easily crush or suffocate those working in the trench at the time. If water is involved, the workers may also be flooded or drown.
To protect those working in trenches, the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has numerous recommendations in place regarding the construction and stability of trenches. These recommendations, which you read about here, concern the sloping, protective systems, and shielding safe all work trenches should have.
Many companies take great care to follow these recommendations, as they keep workers safe. However, other companies are negligent in how they plan or construct trenches, putting all those working with them in great danger. When one of these trenches collapses, injuring or killing those inside, the families involved may have a legal right to recover damages from the negligent company.
If your loved one was injured or killed in a Florida trench collapse, and you believe it was someone else’s fault, you should contact a lawyer right away. An experienced Florida trench collapse attorney can speak in detail with you, and guide you through the case.
Call the Florida trench collapse attorneys at Chalik & Chalik today for a free consultation about your case. You can contact us toll free at (855) 529-0269.