Construction Worker Killed By Trench Collapse

by Staff Blogger | February 6th, 2012

February 6, 2012

A bay-area contracting company is in trouble after an on-the-job fatality this past Saturday uncovered numerous building code violations. According to reports from The Oakland Tribune, a 39-year-old carpenter died after a trench he was working in at the work site collapsed and buried him alive.

Three days prior to the accident, construction inspectors issued a cease work order to the contractors on the site of a new home being built in Milpitas, California, because of failure to apply for a permit to dig a trench more than five feet deep. Besides the lack of a permit, the walls to the trench were not properly shored up.

The contracting company ignored the order and put workers back on the job anyway. Within hours the walls of the trench gave way, and the body of the worker was recovered several hours later.

In the days following the accident, the Contractors State License Board has discovered that the company also falsified paperwork in 2008 regarding workers’ compensation insurance, claiming they had no employees. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said that the contracting company may face both civil and criminal charges for failing to heed the cease work orders.

The California wrongful death attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers may be able to help if a loved was killed on a job site accident at no fault of their own. Contact an experienced attorney today to get the help you need.