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Don't Let a New Jersey Trench Be Your Grave

Since 2003, more than 200 construction workers have died in trench accidents. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), "Unprotected trenches are among the deadliest hazards in the construction industry and the loss of life is devastating..."*

Yet, trench accidents are preventable. New Jersey construction workers do not have to die.

You can protect yourself from a fatal New Jersey trench accident.

OSHA recommends that construction workers working in trenches take the following five steps:

  • Ensure that trenches are protected from cave-ins by sloping, benching, shoring or shielding of trench walls.
  • Inspect trenches at least at the beginning of the shift and as necessary during the course of the shift.
  • Have safe entry and exit ways.
  • Know where underground utilities are located before digging.
  • Keep all equipment and materials at least two feet from the edge of the trench.


Employers also have responsibilities, and you may be able to recover damages if you are hurt in a New Jersey construction trench accident.

The steps described above will prevent some, but not all, trench accidents. If you have been hurt, or a loved one has been killed in a New York or New Jersey trenching accident, then you may have the right to recover damages.

Please contact an experienced New Jersey construction accident attorney today for more information about your rights. The New Jersey construction accident lawyers of Hofmann & Schweitzer are committed to helping injured construction workers get the recoveries they deserve.

Please call us today at 1-800-362-9329 and please read our FREE publication: Hurt in a Construction Accident? You're Not Alone.

*Source: U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA Trade News Release, OSHA publishes new educational materials on working safely during trenching operations, October 3, 2011

Read more about New Jersey trench accidents in our FREE library article: OSHA Issues Harsh Words and New Guidance about Construction Trench Accidents.

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