Construction injuries may leave a Colorado employee with serious trauma after being involved in a dangerous accident. A victim may feel confusion and anger if he or she believes that the construction injuries may have been preventable. Recently, a construction site supervisor admitted he was responsible for ordering an employee to enter a trench that later collapsed and harmed the worker.
Reports indicate that the incident took place after the crew arrived at the work site one morning and found that a trench had partially caved in sometime during the night. Regardless of the potentially dangerous situation, the supervisor required his employee to enter the trench and continue working at the bottom of the 8 foot hole. As the employee shoveled dirt off of the newly-laid sewer line, the serious collapse occurred.
The victim was covered with sediment and dirt up to his neck. Emergency crews took hours to safely dig the man out by hand. Records indicate that an aluminum paneling system had been used during the excavation of the trench to protect employees from harm as they installed the sewer line. However, the line was completed and the panels were removed the day before the worker was made to re-enter the trench and the collapse took place.
Luckily the crush injuries the man suffered to his torso were not fatal, and he was able to recover after being transported to and treated at a nearby medical facility. The cost of health care for the construction injuries during and following the accident could place an employee in a difficult financial situation. A Colorado victim may choose to get legal help as he or she requests the workers’ compensation benefits to which he or she is entitled.
Source: thedenverchannel.com, “Supervisor admits ordering worker into unsafe trench that collapsed, OSHA report says“, Alan Gathright, Dec. 1, 2014