Construction workers at a DC construction site suffered serious injuries after a trench partially collapsed.
The construction accident occurred around 9:15 a.m. at a worksite located on the 300 block of H Street Northeast in Washington, D.C. Several employees were doing unspecified work approximately 25 feet below ground when the trench caved in on them.
Other employees at the construction site immediately sprung to action and helped to pull most of the injured workers out of the giant hole. However, one person remained trapped below and had to be removed by paramedics that were called to the scene.
DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) also arrived at the construction accident site and worked to clear the site and ensure that no one else got hurt. The 300 block of H Street Northeast was temporarily shut down while emergency crews inspected the site.
According to authorities, four construction workers sustained injuries as a result of the trench collapse. Three of the injured workers were transported to an area hospital so that they could receive medical treatment. The fourth worker was medically evaluated at the scene of the construction accident and provided with on-site treatment; however, he declined to go to the hospital.
Things could have gone much worse for the workers involved in the H Street Corridor construction accident. Their injuries were described by law enforcement officials as ranging from moderate to serious, with at least one worksite employee being listed in critical condition at the DC hospital.
This is just the most recent example of a construction site mishap that led to serious injuries. Construction workers perform incredibly dangerous tasks at great personal risk. That’s why it is so important for the operators of construction sites to place an emphasis on worker safety. Moreover, if and when a construction accident occurs, the people in charge of the construction site need to take steps to ensure that the circumstances that caused the accident do not recur.
Beyond that, the injured construction workers need to be able to file workers’ comp claims so that they can get quality medical coverage and compensation for lost wages while they recuperate from their job-related injuries.
If you or a loved one was injured in a construction accident, you should speak with a qualified personal injury lawyer immediately. The experienced personal injury and construction accident attorneys at the Abelson Law Firm can help you get the compensation you need, want, and deserve. Contact us anytime to schedule a consultation.