If you or someone you know works in construction, you are aware of the dangers that are faced every day. Slipping, falling and being crushed are just some of the potentially life-threatening construction accidents that can take place. Workplaces are meant to prevent these accidents in any way possible; when accidents happen, they need to be investigated thoroughly.
If you work on homes, this incident may be troublesome to you. Two construction workers were stuck in a collapsed trench in Maryland recently. They were stuck inside for over three hours; it took over 50 workers to set them free.
In the workers' case, they were pinned to the foundation of a home when a trench they were inside collapsed, trapping them up to their necks in mud. They had been doing work on the home that required them to be 15 to 20 feet below ground level.
Fortunately, the workers were conscious and were able to breathe throughout the rescue, as the Montgomery County fire and rescue officials and others came to help. The two workers were able to be freed and were taken to the University of Maryland shock trauma team. The workers' injuries were not reported by police or rescue workers.
This situation could have ended much worse for these workers. Fortunately, the emergency rescue teams were able to free them, although it did still take a number of hours. Now, they will have to go through medical exams to determine the extent of their injuries.
If this was you, you'd want to make sure you could continue to provide for your family financially, even if you were injured at work and unable to continue. Seeking disability and workers' compensation are just a few of the options that may be available to you.