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Why is excavating so dangerous to workers?

In order to build a tall structure, a construction project may begin with the digging of a hole. This is because many buildings require foundations and sufficiently stable bases in order to bear the weight of the structures that will be built on top of them.

In Connecticut, construction crews may have to take on significant excavation work before they can even think about putting up the walls of the buildings they are hired to construct.

Excavating involves digging out the earth to create a space in the ground. A trench is a particular type of excavation and is generally identifiable as it is deeper than it is wide. Although excavations and trenches are often necessary parts of construction projects, they are some of the most dangerous work that individuals can take on at active construction sites.

Victims of excavating incidents can suffer fatal falls into trenches and excavations, and can also suffer injuries and death when excavated earth falls on them. If a trench is not properly dug out, workers who are in the trench can be hurt or killed if the walls of the trench collapse in on them and make it impossible for them to escape.

Trenching and excavating involve heavy machinery and workers can and are hurt when they are crushed and hit by these pieces of equipment. There are many ways that workers can suffer harm during excavation and trenching projects and it is often the case that lapses in safety preparedness are to blame for their losses. Workers who are hurt in these often preventable construction accidents are reminded that they have rights and options for seeking the compensation that they need.

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