Worker Buried Alive on Job Site

On Saturday, May 11, 2013, a worker was buried alive. The accident occurred around 10 AM Saturday morning in North Charleston, South Carolina. The accident occurred when a 53 year-old construction worker fell into a hole at a construction site on Harley Street.

According to investigators, the victim was on a backhoe moving dirt when he apparently fell into the hole and the dirt covered him. A co-worker noticed that the victim had gone missing and began searching for him when he noticed the hole covered with dirt. The victim was found dead underneath the dirt. Officials are still investigating the case.

Workplace Injuries

Sadly, many injuries and deaths occur while at the workplace. Often times, these grave injuries and fatalities occur on dangerous construction sites that are in violation of safety standards. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, nearly 6.5 million people at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation. Potential risks for workers in construction include:
  •          Scaffold collapse
  •          Trench collapse
  •          Falls from heights
  •          Electric shock and arc flash
  •          Failure to use proper personal protective equipment
  •          Repetitive motion injuries

To help prevent injuries while working on construction sites it is imperative for employers to provide goggles for eye and face protection, helmets for head protection, and gloves for hand protection.  Employers are also expected to train employees on proper conduct when handling dangerous equipment.  

For solutions and other protective measures, visit the official website of the United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration at

Workers Compensation Attorney

When injured at work, your employer’s insurance should cover your injuries, medical care, and lost wages. If for some reason, the insurance company is not providing you with adequate care and compensation, you should contact a worker’s compensation attorney immediately.

A worker’s compensation attorney will work to maximize your compensation potential and provide you with the treatment and benefits your rightfully deserve when suffering from a workplace injury. For a free consultation regarding your claim, contact the worker’s compensation attorneys at Rawa Law Group.