Poor planning, environmental influences, improper training and lack of safety protocol can all contribute to excavation accidents. In an effort to reduce costs, construction and excavation companies may overlook key safety issues in order to avoid delays and additional work. It is important that safety protocols and concerns are incorporated into the initial planning of any excavation project and when conditions change, steps are taken to ensure the continued safety of workers. The Chicago Injury Center represents injured workers throughout Illinois whose injuries could have easily been prevented had all of the proper safety requirements and considerations been met before and during the excavation.
Common Hazards Plaguing Excavation Sites That Frequently Result In Worker Injury
When digging, it is important to take into account workers’ surroundings and their proximity to traffic, structures, water or power lines and other environmental hazards. The most common hazards that pose a risk of injury to workers include the following.
- Nearby buildings with poor structural integrity. Buildings near dig sites that are in poor condition may collapse and harm workers.
- Water sources. Special care must be taken if there is a risk of flooding due to nearby water sources or water mains. Workers caught in a flood while at an excavation site are at risk of severe injuries and drowning. Proper drainage systems need to be set up in order to reduce the risk of water accumulation and flooding.
- Utilities. Gas, electric and water lines can all contribute to injuries on the job site and it is important that workers are aware of their location. Striking a gas or electric line can have catastrophic consequences to workers and the surrounding environment.
- Equipment. The heavy machinery used in excavation is capable of causing serious injury when it is not respected and if workers get caught between objects and equipment.
- Weather. Heavy rain, winds and lightning can quickly turn things sour and workers must be aware of potential hazards that may result from inclement weather. If weather conditions threaten the safety of workers, work must be halted and resumed when conditions are safe.
- Cave ins. The worst case scenario in all excavations is that workers will be caved in. These situations often result in worker fatalities and an investigation of what events led to and may have caused the cave in.
Get Help From Attorneys With Experience With Excavation Accident Cases
When evaluating any personal injury case, it is important to determine what steps could have been taken to prevent the accident and whether negligence was a factor. For this reason, the Chicago Injury Center relies on experts in the fields of engineering, accident reconstruction, medicine and economics in order to prove negligence and to give a proper assessment of the compensation required to cover the cost of medical care, lost wages and pain and suffering. If you have been injured on the job, contact us today for a free consultation with a work injury lawyer who can evaluate your case in depth and answer any questions you have about your rights, legal options and the process of litigation.