A construction accident that occurs while crews are working underground or in trenches can result in serious injuries. A worker that is hurt from being crushed or from a cave-in may require expensive medical care to recover from the painful injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently concluded an investigation that resulted in a hefty fine for a Colorado construction company after an employee was severely hurt in a construction accident.
The investigation was instigated after a construction employee was trapped in a trench for close to two hours. The massive trench was dug so crews could perform necessary construction and maintenance on a 20 foot stretch of sewer line. The accident occurred when the 12 foot deep trench caved in on top of a worker.
Paramedics arrived at the scene and provided care while the man lay consumed by the cave in. Reports indicate that the serious condition of the victim required oxygen and IV fluids to be administered while the man remained trapped. Once the man was extracted and transferred to the hospital, he was able to completely recover from the injuries he suffered. Some victims may require extensive workers' compensation benefits to cover the cost of medical care.
OSHA made the decision to cite the construction company for $14,000 in fines, specifically for violation in connection with the accident. The Colorado company has received fines in the past for cave in accidents as well. An employer that does not take the proper precautions to protect workers from a dangerous construction accident may face serious consequences if discovered. A victim may seek help in exposing a negligent company and holding them responsible after they are hurt at work.
Source: denver.cbslocal.com, "OSHA Fines Construction Company After Worker Gets Stuck In Trench", , Sept. 23, 2014