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Gilbert Adams Law Offices Since 1930
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Texas Trenching Injury Lawyer

Construction workers risky their lives working inside deep trenches to install underground services pipe. Not following standard safety procedure.Trenching is a common construction activity that involves digging deep into the ground to lay pipelines, cables, electrical or conductor wires, or for other construction purposes. Sewage lines, power lines, telephone lines, and other critical infrastructure are all accomplished through the digging of trenches. Despite its necessity, trenching is one of the most hazardous construction operations, exposing workers to serious risks including cave-ins, falls, equipment accidents, and hazardous or toxic chemical exposures. These incidents can lead to severe injuries and even fatalities, significantly impacting the lives of construction workers and their families.

At Gilbert Adams Law Offices in Beaumont, we provide skilled and professional legal guidance and representation to victims of trenching accidents in Beaumont, Nederland, Houston, Galveston, and throughout all of Texas. Our dedicated team has an in-depth understanding of the complexities involved in construction accident cases, including those related to trenching injuries and the proof necessary to win these cases. We are committed to helping you navigate the legal system to secure the compensation and justice you deserve.

Dangers of Trenching: Understanding Trenching Injury Risks

The primary risk in trenching operations is cave-ins, which pose a greater risk of fatality than many other construction-related accidents. Recognizing this risk, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires those in charge of trenching operations to slope or bench trench walls, shore trench walls with supports, or shield trench walls with trench boxes. Workers should spend no more time in trenches than is necessary to perform their work, and all trenches must be equipped with safe entrances and exits. While the trench is open, trenches should be clearly marked and barricaded to warn others of its location and prevent accidental injury to pedestrians and vehicle and equipment operators. Trenches should also be filled in as soon as the work is completed.

In addition to the risk of cave-ins, other potential dangers associated with trenching activities include:

  • Falls and Falling Loads: Workers are often exposed to falling objects that can be pushed or dropped into trenches and can be struck by objects falling into the trench. OSHA requires materials to be kept away from trench edges to reduce the risk of falling equipment and materials.

  • Equipment Accidents: The use of heavy machinery near trench sites can lead to accidents involving workers if the trench is not adequately marked and barricaded. Equipment operators and all employees working around trenches should be properly trained and supervised to ensure safe equipment operations while trenching and working around trenches.

  • Hazardous Chemicals: Trenches can accumulate hazardous gases, vapors, and dust, as well as standing water, posing serious health risks. Trenches should be properly inspected for atmospheric hazards as well as stability before workers are allowed to enter and frequently thereafter during the course of the work.

These risks underscore the importance of adhering to OSHA guidelines and other safety regulations and standards to protect workers and prevent accidents.

Legal Protections for Trenching Injury Victims

In Texas, construction workers injured in trenching accidents have numerous potential legal avenues for seeking compensation depending on the job site and facts. These include:

  • Workers’ Compensation: Most employees are covered under their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance, providing limited benefits for medical expenses and lost wages. However, workers’ compensation does not compensate for common law damages including physical impairment, pain and suffering, mental grief and suffering, disfigurement, your spouse’s potential damages, or punitive damages.

  • Third-Party, Non-subscriber and Product Liability Claims: If a trenching injury is caused by the negligence of third parties such as a general contractor, premises owner or other company working in the area—such as failure to follow safety protocols or use proper equipment—victims may pursue a personal injury lawsuit against those potentially responsible parties. This can include employers who do not subscribe to workers’ compensation insurance, contractors, equipment manufacturers, or other third parties potentially responsible for the injury.

  • Wrongful Death: Families of workers who have tragically died as a result of a trenching accident may be eligible to file wrongful death lawsuits, seeking compensation for their loss, including funeral expenses, loss of income, emotional distress and exemplary damages.

How Gilbert Adams Law Offices Can Help

At Gilbert Adams Law Offices, we understand the profound impact a trenching injury can have on your life and livelihood. Our approach to representing trenching accident victims begins with a thorough investigation of the surrounding circumstances. We meticulously investigate every aspect of your case, from examining the accident site to reviewing safety compliance and equipment used. Our legal team possesses extensive knowledge of Texas construction laws and workplace safety regulations, ensuring your case is presented with the highest level of expertise. We’re committed to securing the maximum compensation possible, covering medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Call Beaumont Injury Attorney Gilbert Adams After a Trenching Injury in Texas

If you or a loved one has suffered a trenching injury in Beaumont, Nederland, Houston, Galveston, or anywhere in Texas, contact Gilbert Adams Law Offices in Beaumont today. Our compassionate and skilled legal team is ready to advocate on your behalf, providing the personalized attention and aggressive representation you need to achieve a favorable outcome. Call 409-835-3000 for a free consultation to discuss your case and learn about your rights and options under Texas law. Together, we can fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.

Do you have questions about an important legal matter, wondering whether you have a claim or what your rights are, and what to do next to seek justice and protect your interests? Call our office at 409-835-3000 or fill out the form below to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated Texas attorney.

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