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Helping Victims of Trenching & Excavating Accidents in West Virginia

If you’re a construction worker, chances are that you’ve encountered a trench or excavation project. Trenches and excavations occur on most every construction site where a new building is being erected, as well as many projects where substantial repairs are being made, pipe is being laid, or cable is being buried. Work done in trenches carries more risk than nearly any other job on a construction site. In the flash of an eye, a trench can collapse and cause major injuries–even death.

West Virginia trench collapse victims need a dedicated advocate on their side

Victims of trench collapses in West Virginia deserve an advocate who will fight for the damages they’re owed after an accident. Our dedicated and aggressive Martinsburg construction accident lawyers at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson have been fighting for compensation on behalf of construction workers for decades. We know how hard it can be for victims of on-the-job accidents to get the money they need to recover from stingy insurers or careless third-party contractors, and we are prepared to fight for the compensation workers are entitled to receive. After an on-the-job trenching accident in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, contact the construction accident lawyers at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson for a no-cost assessment of your case.

Trench and excavating accidents are all too common

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has made the prevention of trench collapse accidents one of its leading initiatives for over 30 years. Nevertheless, trench collapse accidents remain one of the leading causes of death on construction sites. In 2016, over two dozen workers were killed in trench collapse accidents, with others suffering injuries such as broken limbs or chemical inhalation damage from such accidents. Soil can weigh up to 3,000 lbs. per cubic yard. When trenches aren’t properly shored or protective equipment isn’t provided to workers, thousands of pounds of earth can come tumbling down on workers in the trench, resulting in crush injuries or suffocation. Workers in trenches are also vulnerable to:

  • Electrocution
  • Drowning
  • Inhalation of dangerous fumes in unventilated spaces
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Carbon monoxide inhalation

Help is Available after Serious West Virginia Construction Accidents

After a West Virginia trench collapse or excavation accident, get the compensation you need to recover from your injuries by contacting the Martinsburg personal injury lawyers at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson for a free consultation on your case, at 304-263-0900.

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