Construction Site Trench Collapse Kills Worker

Construction Defect Expert

This case involves a worker fatality during an excavation project. A career employee of a plumbing company was working to lay a pipe at a condominium construction site. The employee was working in a trench about 8 feet deep when the sides of the trench suddenly collapsed. The employee’s crew members attempted to dig him out of the trench but the process took 13 minutes. The employee suffocated to death. Although it had been raining on the day of the incident, no protective gear or cage was used to secure the trench prior to the accident. An expert in construction and contracting was sought to review this matter and determine if safety protocols were adequately adhered to.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. Do you have homebuilding construction experience?
  • 2. Have you worked as a general contractor?
  • 3. Could you describe the responsibilities to subcontractors and the general public on a work site?

Expert Witness Response E-110018

I have spent 30+ years as a general contractor and 17+ years as a court-qualified expert witness. Over the course of my career, I’ve been involved in more than 300 cases. I’ve reviewed the information provided and believe that I would be able to assist you in this case. As a 30-year general contractor, my experience covers all aspects of the construction process, including excavation safety issues. I am also currently a site safety inspector and trainer for a large midwestern developer that has been constructing numerous projects in the area over the last 2 years.

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