Abramson & O'Connell, LLC

Earning Justice For The Injured

Trench collapse dangers in the Ohio rains

It's been very rainy in Ohio this spring -- and that poses special dangers for construction workers who are excavating or digging in trenches.

Trench work is an exhausting part of the construction process -- but highly necessary for many crews when they're laying or repairing pipes. At any given moment, however, workers have to take into account the site's proximity to other areas, the vibration and movement of vehicles and machinery nearby, the type of soil they're working in and -- of course -- the amount of water content in that soil.

Excessive rain makes trench work especially hazardous. Once water gets into an existing trench, the trench has to be pumped before work can begin, but, even then, the soil can remain slippery. In addition, if a collapse happens, the additional weight of the water could make digging out a trapped worker impossible.

To maximize your safety in wet weather when working in or around a construction trench, remember these tips:

  • Nobody should enter the trench until it has passed a daily safety inspection.
  • If a trench has to be pumped, sufficient drying time needs to be allowed for the soil to be safe.
  • Keep all electrical equipment away from any pooled water (even small puddles).
  • Avoid driving, walking or working near the trenches (so that you avoid triggering a cave in or slipping in yourself).
  • Make sure trenches are adequately supported with safety structures, boards and other methods of securing the walls against slides.

A trench collapse can cause devastating injuries. If you were injured in a trench collapse or a loved one was killed, you may be entitled to financial compensation that will help your family recover. Find out more about your legal options.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Tell Us About Your Accident

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Abramson & O'Connell, LLC Attorneys And Counselors At Law

Abramson & O'Connell, LLC
695 Bryden Road
Columbus, OH 43205

Phone: 614-461-3101
Fax: 614-461-4524
Columbus Law Office Map

Review Us