While performing job-related tasks on a new housing project, it might not be uncommon for workers in North Carolina and elsewhere to face a need to operate within trenches. While working in trenches may be necessary at times, it can also be somewhat dangerous in nature, as the risks of a sudden collapse in terrain may be ever present. A recent construction accident in another state involving a trench collapse has reportedly claimed the life of a contractor.
Fatal construction accident
Reports indicate that the incident took place just after 4 p.m. on a recent Tuesday as contractors were working to install utilities at the site of a new housing project. Officials have advised that the workers were operating within a trench when it suddenly collapsed. They say that the collapse caused one worker to be partially buried, while another was fully buried within the trench in the process.
Emergency responders were reportedly able to rescue the first worker and state that this person did not suffer any harm in the process. However, the incident claimed the life of the other worker, and they say it took several hours to recover his or her body from within the trench. While it remains unclear as to what might have caused the trench to collapse, officials have advised that an investigation into the incident is underway.
The untimely loss of a loved one in a fatal construction accident can be a stressful experience that could prompt a variety of challenges in life. Surviving family members left grieving over an unexpected loss may also face the possible financial repercussions that could accompany end-of-life expenses and a loss of wages, and they might be uncertain of the available options with which to seek much needed aid. Following the incident, a person in North Carolina could find it helpful to consult with an attorney for advice on all his or her available options and assistance in preparing to pursue compensation through every applicable outlet.