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Construction worker killed in trench collapse

Construction workers are often forced to perform work-related duties in dangerous settings or in close proximity to heavy and moving machinery. Such dangerous conditions often result in construction workers being involved in work accidents that result in severe or even fatal injuries.

A construction worker was recently killed after a trench in which he was digging collapsed. The fatal construction accident occurred as two men, believed to be brothers, were digging a sewer line to service a new housing development. Upon working in the 8 foot deep trench, the ground gave way and began filling in on the two men.

One man was able to escape, climbing to safety out of the trench. The second, however, officials believe was struck in the head by falling debris and knocked unconscious. He was not able to climb out of the trench and was buried by dirt and rocks.

Fellow construction workers at the site attempted to uncover the man's body and save his life. Unfortunately, the injuries he sustained were too serious in nature and he was pronounced dead by first responders that arrived at the accident scene.

Officials from the state office of Occupational Health and Safety Administration are expected to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter. If it's determined that the fatal accident resulted from safety violations, it's possible the construction company for which the man worked could face fines and potential criminal charges.

It's also possible that the family of the man who was killed will take legal action. A wrongful death claim can help recover compensation related to the sudden loss of a loved one. Monies recovered through a wrongful death claim can help cover expenses related to lost wages and funeral expenses.

Source: KRIS-TV, "Construction Accident Kills Worker in Trench," Ben Lloyd, March 26, 2013

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