Construction Worker Killed in Trench Collapse in Anne Arundel County

By Peter DePaolis

[ubermenu-map address=”21144″ zoom=”14″ width=”375px” height=”375px”]

According to Anne Arundel fire officials, a 25-year-old man was killed in a construction accident in the Severn area after the trench he was digging collapsed on him.

The Anne Arundel fire department reported that the man was part of a crew digging a 7-foot-deep hole when the dirt collapsed on the young man. It took crews over three hours to recover the 25-year-old’s body after he was buried.

Maryland Occupation Safety and Health Department is currently investigating the incident.

The Dangers of Working on a Construction Site

Construction workers face one of the most dangerous working environments, especially if proper safety measures are not taken. Between using dangerous commercial equipment and the potential hazards of falling in a scaffold or ladder accident, construction workers must be safe at all times.

OSHA Regulations and Employee Rights

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA) is a broad set of federal laws intended to protect employees while they are at work. OSHA regulations require specific measures to be taken to prevent worksite injuries.

Under OSHA’s “General Duty” clause, all employers have a duty to create a safe work environment and to eliminate any recognized hazards. Additionally, employers must educate employees about OSHA standards, properly train employees on workplace safety and make employee records available upon request.

Liability of Construction Site Injuries

If you have been injured in a construction accident, there are a number of individuals who may be held liable for your injuries. These individuals may include:

  • Construction site owners
  • General contractors
  • Sub-contractors
  • Construction site managers
  • Manufacturers/suppliers of construction machinery/equipment
  • Insurance companies

Hurt in a Construction Accident? Contact our Experienced Lawyers Today

If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, contact our firm today at (202) 659-5500 and let our attorneys answer any questions or concerns you may have. Our attorneys can explain the intricacies of OSHA and other workplace regulations and can assist you in pursuing your construction accident lawsuit.

Koonz McKenney Johnson & DePaolis LLP

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.