Construction work is not limited to commercial districts in Encino. Sometimes, construction work takes place in residential areas. Regardless of where the work is taking place, however, it is important to remember that the construction industry is a dangerous one, and deadly construction accidents can occur.
A construction worker in Encino lost his life in a partial trench collapse earlier this month. The trench was around 10 feet deep. It is not known at this time whether the worker fell into the trench or whether he was already in the trench when it collapsed. The trench was in the front yard of a home.
The Los Angeles Fire Department tried to rescue the man for 40 minutes. They lined the sides of the trench with boards, so they could extricate the worker, but, ultimately, reported that the worker's injuries were so severe that they were "beyond medical help." The worker died at the scene of the incident due to the weight of the dirt that fell on him. According to the LAFD, such incidents can cause a person's blood vessels to constrict, especially if one is buried up to their chest in dirt. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is performing an investigation at the site of the collapse.
Construction worker accidents such as this serve as a grim reminder that the construction industry presents many on-the-job dangers. While sometimes a construction worker will walk away from an accident with mere injuries, other times such incidents are fatal. It is important to remember that in either situation, workers' compensation benefits may be available to help the injured party cope with the many financial expenses that come with the accident. In addition, if the worker's injuries or death were due to the negligence of a third party, it may be possible to pursue a lawsuit under certain circumstances.