Construction accidents: Concrete pipe kills worker in trench

Trenches are known to be some of the most hazardous areas in which workers can find themselves. Although the Occupational Health and Safety Administration has a set of regulations to address trench-related hazards specifically, fatal construction accidents continue to claim lives in Arizona and elsewhere. A trench-related accident recently claimed the life of a man on a construction site in a neighboring state.

According to a police report, the incident occurred on a recent Friday afternoon. The victim was a 46-year-old construction worker who was struck by a pipe while he was working in the bottom of a trench. While most trench-related accidents involve the lack of support that allows walls to collapse, suspending objects over the excavation is one of the things that must never be allowed, according to safety rules.

Authorities say a concrete pipe was suspended overhead when the hoisting equipment malfunctioned. The pipe fell on the man in the trench. Although co-workers managed to remove the heavy load, their life-saving efforts failed. By the time first responders reached the site, the victim had already passed away.

Losing loved ones in construction accidents typically cause much more than heartache. Unanticipated expenses can cause financial hardship for the surviving family members. However, if such a tragedy occurs in Arizona, help would be available through the workers' compensation insurance program. Death benefits will cover end-of-life arrangements, and a wage-replacement package will help with day-to-day living expenses for a predetermined period. An experienced workers' compensation attorney can assist with the navigation of the complex administrative and legal aspects of the claims process.

Source: ksl.com, "Construction worker dies in Sandy after concrete pipe falls on him", Jacob Klopfenstein, March 9, 2018

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