Worker Killed in Trench Collapse in Renton, Washington

by | Sep 9, 2022 | Construction Accident, Wrongful Death

A worker was killed in a trench collapse at a construction site in Renton, Washington on September 7, 2022.  According to reports, the victim fell into a twenty foot deep trench when it partially collapsed on top of him Wednesday afternoon.  First responders attempted to rescue the worker but were unable to do so in time.  His body was recovered late Wednesday night.  The victim has been identified as Surjit Gill, an employee of High Industries.  The construction company on the project is AAA Contractors Inc.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by this tragic incident.

Tragically, there have been a number of recent deaths on construction projects.  There was an accident involving a crane in Winchester, Massachusetts on August 9, 2022.  A 200-foot crane collapsed in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on August 16, 2022.  There was a deadly electrocution accident at a construction site in Orange County, Texas on August 18, 2022.  A worker had his leg impaled at a construction site in Rocky Hill, Connecticut on August 19, 2022.  A worker was crushed to death in a building collapse in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania on August 30, 2022.

Despite being a vital part of the economy, construction projects often pose severe hazards both to construction workers and to the general public if precautions are not taken.  Each construction project poses its own unique risks and hazards based on the work being done.  Risks that may present themselves during a project must be carefully evaluated before the job begins.

OSHA has provided guidance as to how to minimize risks of falling from scaffolding.  OSHA has published safety standards which can provide guidance to construction companies in how to safely work at heights.  Statistics illustrate the high number of scaffolding accidents:

Although specific accident ratios cannot be projected for the estimated 3.6 million construction workers currently covered by subpart L, the Economic Analysis that accompanies this final rule estimates that, of the 510,500 injuries and illnesses that occur in the construction industry annually, 9,750 are related to scaffolds. In addition, of the estimated 924 occupational fatalities occurring annually, at least 79 are associated with work on scaffolds.

Our experienced lawyers have handled personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits of all kinds and have the skills needed to represent the families of loved ones who have lost their lives or those who have been seriously injured as a result of an electrocution.  The experienced construction personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was a victim of an accident at a work site.

Our lawyers have represented numerous workers who have sustained serious and catastrophic injuries on a job site as a result of the negligence of another party.  There are strict and short time limits on making claims, so please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or to learn more about your legal rights.