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New Jersey trench collapse at center of wrongful death suit

Many New Jersey residents pay for landscaping to be done by another person or a company that sends workers to their home. Commercial landscaping is also big business, and in this line of work, the workers may face dangers that can cause injury or even death. Two years ago, a pair of landscape company employees were killed when the trench that they were working in collapsed. Now, a wrongful death suit has been filed in relation to the deaths.

The workers had been installing what is known as a French drain system in early October 2014. The worksite was a residence in Boonton Township. The workers were digging a trench when it collapsed on them. The brother of one of the fatally injured workers is now acting as the administrator of his sibling's estate, and has brought forth a wrongful death action against the landscape company.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, trench cave-in deaths are generally preventable. OSHA later fined the deceased workers' employer $77,000 for lack of cave-in protection. The ensuing investigation found that the landscape company had committed one willful safety violation as well as nine other serious violations.

Fatalities that occur in the workplace can be especially devastating for families because they may have been preventable. A skilled wrongful death attorney can help a family or an administrator of an estate understand their legal options and begin the process of pursuing economic recovery and accountability for negligence. Families may be able to obtain sorely-needed death benefits following preventable workplace deaths in New Jersey.

Source:, "Lawsuit reportedly filed in trench collapse that killed 2 workers," Justin Zaremba, Oct. 5, 2016

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