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Family of Worker Killed in Cesspool Collapse Seeks $50 Million

The family of a Long Island man who was killed after being knocked into a cesspool under construction last May is seeking $50 million in damages, alleging employers responsible for the project overlooked critical safety measures. Edward Sinnott, 59, of Huntington, Long Island, was killed when the edge of a cesspool pit he and other workers were excavating collapsed. According to Long Island’s Newsday, Mr. Sinnott fell into the pit and suffocated under mounds of dirt that fell on top of him. Emergency crews worked to free Mr. Sinnott from the pit but couldn’t pull him from the trench in ... Read More

Construction company Faces Fines After Trench Collapse

A South Dakota construction company has been hit with more than $95,000 in proposed fines for failing to protect its workers from trench collapse hazards. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a 34-year-old worker employed by First Dakota Enterprises Inc. was completely buried when the walls of a 14-foot trench caved in around him. Co-workers quickly jumped in to try and dig the man out and were able to free his head from beneath the tons of dirt that trapped the rest of his body. The worker was able to breathe while rescuers arrived at the ... Read More

Salvation Army Reaches $227 Million Settlement With Philly Building Collapse Victims

Lawyers for victims of a deadly Philadelphia building collapse that crushed a Salvation Army thrift store in 2013 have reached a record $227 million settlement with the owner of a New York real estate company and the Salvation Army. The Feb. 22 settlement concludes a civil trial of lawsuits that ran that for more than 17 weeks, the longest civil trial in Philadelphia history, according to Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina, who oversaw the litigation. An attorney for plaintiffs in the case said the settlement was the largest personal injury settlement in Pennsylvania state court history, the Philadelphia ... Read More

Minnesota Worker buried by trench collapse dies at hospital

One of two Minnesota construction workers who were injured after being buried in a trench collapse Tuesday morning has died from his injuries. According to The (Minneapolis) Star Tribune, Jimmy Scott, Klous, 48, was inside a trench at a construction site just west of Minneapolis in Minnetonka when the dirt walls gave way around 10 a.m. Tuesday. Mr. Klous and another worker, identified as Tory Swan, who was also buried in the trench collapse, were digging a trench for a city project that involved replacing aging storm and sewer infrastructure and other improvements. Both men were working for Dave Perkins ... Read More

Penn. Construction Co. Deemed ‘Severe Violator’ After Worker’s Trench Death

U.S. safety regulators placed a Williamsport, Penn., bridge repair and construction company into its Severe Violator Enforcement program and hit it with proposed penalties of $140,000 following the death of a worker who was buried alive when made to work in a deep trench without the proper protections. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Susquehanna Supply Company Inc. of Williamsport, Penn., has an extensive history of safety violations stretching back to the early 1970s. Despite its poor safety record, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation contracted Susquehanna Supply Co. to rehabilitate a small steel-frame bridge over the ... Read More

Contractors cited for deadly Birmingham trench cave-in

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Federal safety authorities who investigated the site of a fatal trench cave-in at a residential construction site in Birmingham have cited a general contractor and subcontractor with a number of safety violations for failing to take the proper measures in protecting their workers. “If his employer had protected him properly as he worked in a 12-foot-deep trench to connect a new home’s plumbing to the main sewer line, 31-year-old LeDonte McCruter could have returned home at day’s end to spend time with the young nieces and nephews he adored,” the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ... Read More

On-the-job cave-in leaves construction worker entrapped in trench at Veterans Administration Medical Center

A construction worker became entrapped in a trench while on the job this week at the Veterans Administration Medical Center campus in Montgomery, Ala. According to Montgomery Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Martha Earnhardt, the construction laborer was working in the trench when he became trapped by shifting dirt. The cave-in situation, however, had already subsided by the time Montgomery Fire/Rescue personnel arrived on the scene, thanks to co-workers who were able to free the man using their own efforts. “The worker was not believed to be injured, but was transported as a precautionary measure,” Earnhardt stated. Although this construction worker ... Read More

Philadelphia judge says severely injured survivor of building collapse may give deposition

PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – A woman who was critically injured when a Philadelphia building undergoing demolition collapsed on top of the Salvation Army thrift store where she was shopping may proceed with her lawsuit even while 11 others have been stayed, a Pennsylvania judge has decided. Plaintiff Mariya Plekan was pinned under debris for 13 hours when a four-story apartment complex being dismantled collapsed onto the adjacent one-story thrift store, killing six people and injuring 12 others besides Ms. Plekan, who lost both of her legs as a result of the cave-in. She is suing the owner of the building that ... Read More

Trench collapse in Georgia kills two workers, triggers OSHA investigation

COLUMBUS, Ga. –Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials continue to investigate the collapse of a construction trench at an apartment complex that killed two workers last week. James Jackson, 50, and Allen Thomas, 46, died when the walls of a trench they and four other men were working in caved in and buried them under tons of dirt. The men, who were related, worked for Allen Development Group, which is performing excavation work for an expansion project underway at Summit Pointe Apartments in Columbus. The four men who survived the cave-in tried to help the buried men, even using ... Read More

Critically injured plaintiff asks judge to move forward with Philadelphia building collapse litigation

A woman who was critically injured in the Philadelphia building collapse on June 6 has asked a judge to partially lift a stay that will likely be imposed on her lawsuit pending other legal issues in mounting litigation surrounding the disaster, which killed six people and injured 13 others. Mariya Plekan was shopping at the Salvation Army Thrift store adjacent to the building that was being demolished when it collapsed on top of the store. She was buried under debris for 13 hours and had to have both of her legs amputated as a result of her injures. Ms. Plekan ... Read More