Trenching and Excavation Accident Lawyers in Kingston
Were You Injured in an On-the-Job Accident?
The attorneys at Basch & Keegan LLP handle all types of construction accident cases, including personal injury and wrongful death claims involving trenching and excavation accidents. Based in Kingston, NY, we represent injured workers throughout the entire Hudson Valley.
Trench Collapses Cause Hundreds of Injuries Each Year
Trenching and excavation can be extremely dangerous. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the walls of any trench will eventually collapse — it’s merely a matter of time. Therefore, trenches should only be open for a period of minutes or hours (at a maximum). Unfortunately, however, a trench’s apparent stability is often enough for a contractor to send workers into a dangerous trench in hopes of fast progress and financial gain. Serious injury or death is too often the result of prioritizing profit over safety.
Trench and excavation accidents frequently involve:
Falls into trenches or excavation sites
Falling loads from above a trench or excavation site
Hazardous atmospheres — including toxic fumes and water accumulation
Failure to provide a ramp or ladder for escape
Use of heavy machinery near an excavation site
To prevent accidents, trenches are to be inspected daily and as conditions change, in order to ensure elimination of excavation hazards. Inspections should occur before workers enter any trench or excavation site.
Extra Safety Measures Must be Taken with Deep Trenches
When digging trenches deeper than five feet, contractors must take appropriate safety measures to protect workers. Practices such as benching, sloping, shoring, and shielding can make trenches safer – but these safety systems must be executed properly to make any positive difference. If a contractor or construction company attempts but fails to follow OSHA safety guidelines — in design or execution — responsible parties may still be held liable for worker injuries.
Our Team is Available 24/7
At Basch & Keegan LLP, our legal team understands the extensive financial and emotional effects that the victims of construction accidents face. It is our firm’s goal to help injury victims understand their rights following an accident and help them recover the compensation they deserve. To learn how we can assist with your case, contact us to schedule a free consultation.
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Backed by our experience and insight, we’ve become known for taking on the toughest claims. If you or someone you love has been injured by the negligence or wrongful acts of another, we’re here to help you fight for the justice you deserve.
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At Basch & Keegan LLP, we have the resources and experience to help victims level the playing field with even the most powerful adversaries – and we have the record of success to back it up.
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We serve as the support system you can rely on as you begin your recovery. We go the extra mile to ensure you can focus on getting better while we work on the legal aspects of your claim.
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Our Kingston-based lawyers have deep roots in the community and a lengthy history of giving back to Ulster County. When the community needs us, we are always here to help.