Two men killed in apartment complex trench collapse

A workplace accident and any resulting injuries can occur in any line of work, at any location. However, some industries understandably are more dangerous and carry higher rates of injured employees. In Alabama and around the nation, these include oil and gas, transportation and construction. Sometimes accidents are truly just that, unavoidable situations. Other times, a noticeable OSHA violation may contribute. Still other times, there may even be negligence. Neck injury, back injury permanent disability or even death can be the end result of a work accident.

A recent trench collapse in Georgia highlights how quickly such accidents can happen. Six men were working in a trench of an apartment complex, using a tamp to pack dirt. The trench was reported to be about 30 feet deep but the men were working at about a depth of 12 feet. The trench collapsed and trapped two of the men, who ended up dying from asphyxia. The remaining four men were able to get free from the scene.

OSHA is conducting an investigation to determine if there were any violations or broken rules that contributed to the collapse of the trench, and then to the men's deaths. The investigation is expected to be completed within six months. The two men who died were relations working on the same job.

No matter what the circumstances of a workplace accident are, anyone involved or whose loved one is involved in such an incident may choose to talk with an attorney. Understanding the laws around workers' compensation and on-the-job injuries can be helpful to ensure proper protection for all parties.

Source: NBC, "OSHA launches investigation into deadly trench collapse," Samantha Perpignand, August 26, 2013

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