The Occupational Safety & Health Administration reports two workers are killed monthly in the U.S. due to trench collapses. Employers owe their workers a duty to create a hazard-free work environment that doesn't imperil employees and put them at risk for serious injury or death.
Cave-ins in particular pose a grave risk, and are more likely to be fatal than other types of excavation-related accidents.
The recent case of Fernandes v. DAR Development Corp. involved a worker who was injured as a result of a trench collapse. The case, a third-party work injury lawsuit, was recently before the New Jersey Supreme Court.