2 construction workers rescued in Rye trench collapse
Two construction workers in Rye were rushed to a hospital with compression type injuries after a large mass of dirt trapped them up to their chests while digging a trench for foundation repair, The New York Daily News reported on Thursday, July 31.
At around 11:15 a.m., the two workers were repairing the foundation of a home at Bradford Avenue when the dirt started plummeting down the 7-foot trench. Authorities were able to extricate the two workers by 12:45 p.m. They were reported as conscious and alert when they were transported to Westchester Medical Center.
A spokesman of the Rye Police Department said the two had been digging the channel for foundation repair without any safety device that would prevent the dirt from coming into the trench.
The contractor’s failure to provide equipment that would ensure workers’ safety could be construed as an overt act of employer negligence. If you have been injured and your injury has been a result of your employer’s failure to provide safety equipment, consult with our team of qualified construction accident lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP. Know more about taking legal action by calling our New York office at 866-LAWS-USA today.