A construction worker was seriously injured when the trench he was working in collapsed without warning. The accident occurred in Milford, CT along Mayflower Place.
A crew from Ralph Camputaro & Son Excavating was working on a large sewer project on contract with the city when the accident occurred. The men were doing sewer and storm drainage work when the 20-foot-deep trench unexpectedly collapsed. The collapse caused a metal support beam to come loose, hitting one worker on the head.
It took fire crews, along with the help of fellow construction workers, 30 minutes to extract the injured worker from the trench. The man was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital where he is being treated for serious head, neck and back injuries. Hospital personnel report that the injuries were non-life threatening.
As with any serious on the job accident or injury, officials from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be launching a full investigation. The government agency will be looking to see what, if anything could have been done to avoid the accident.
The workers compensation attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren hope that the injured worker is well on his way to making a full recovery.