Posted On: June 8, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Illinois Construction Worker Injured in Trench Collapse

Rescue workers in Illinois rescued a construction worker that got trapped in a trench at the construction site of a Sonic Drive-In in Belvidere. The injured worker was transported by air to a local hospital.

According to officials, the 38-year-old worker was in the trench moving dirt so lines could be run into the restaurant when the trench collapsed, burying him from the waist down in the trench. The worker remained conscious, as rescuers attempted to get him out of the 8 feet-deep trench following the Illinois construction accident.

Rescuers included the Rockford Fire Department Technical Rescue unit, the Blackhawk Fire and Rescue, the Belvidere Sewer, EMS Services, the Water Department, and the rescue fire departments from Rockford, Harlem-Roscoe, Belvidere, and Rockton. It took over two hours to extricate the injured worker.

Trench Accidents
Construction workers risk serious injury any time they are involved in a trench accident. If a trench cave-in or collapse happens, the worker can die of asphyxiation, become crushed, end up inhaling hazardous substances, drown, or sustain broken bones, nerve damage, a spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injuries, or get buried alive.

Common causes of trench collapses:

• Flooding
• Machinery placed close to the edge of an excavation site
• Contact with underground utility lines
• Improper shoring
• Digging defects
• Equipment issues
• Lack of safety equipment

Employers are required to put in place the proper safety and protection systems to prevent trench collapse or cave-in accidents from happening. In the event that you are injured in an Illinois trench collapse accident, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

In a Chicago trench collapse accident that happened last month, rescuers transported an Illinois construction worker that got trapped for over four hours in a trench near a Northwest Side high school to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. The worker was repairing a sewer line when the Chicago construction accident happened.

Worker rescued from trench collapse,, June 1, 2009

Man rescued after spending more than 4 hours in trench, SunTimes, May 27, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Construction Accidents Overview, Justia


Chicago, Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer Steve Malman has helped many injured construction workers obtain all of the injury benefits that their employers owes them.

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