In 2014, two people were killed in a trench collapse accident on the job. While it's been a couple of years since the accident, the family of one of the victims has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Bednar Landscape Services, their employer.
According to earlier reports, the two were installing drain system at a home in Boontown Township. It was then that the trench collapsed, leading to the death of both men.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the one man's estate, which is currently being administered by his brother.
Making matters worse, one day after the accident the Occupational Safety and Health Administration noted that trenching deaths are preventable as long as the employer implements a protective system and follows OSHA guidelines.
The official investigation turned up many issues, including the fact that the company was responsible for a willful safety violation. Along with this, it was responsible for nine other serious violations.
The company was later fined $77,000 by OSHA. This was the result of not implementing a protection system.
Trench accidents can be extremely serious, as one cubic yard of soil can weigh almost as much as a small vehicle. To give a better idea of how much dirt was involved in this accident, the two men were working in a trench that was as deep as 13 feet in places.
Workplace accidents continue to happen all over the country. Unfortunately, there are times when these can be prevented by taking the right safety measures. In the event that a person is injured or killed in such an accident, a lawsuit is often the end result.
Source: NJ.com, "Lawsuit reportedly filed in trench collapse that killed 2 workers," Justin Zaremba, Oct. 05, 2016