William Bradford Hargis Killed in Pittsburg, TN, Trench Accident
Pittsburgh, TN -- October 5, 2016, William Bradford Hargis Jr. was killed after an accident where he was caught in a collapsed trench.
Investigating authorities report that the accident happened just before 5:00 p.m. near the intersection of Old Jasper Road and North Cedar Avenue.
According to reports, Hargis was working in a trench near the intersection doing work on a sewer line. Reports say a water main had broken during construction at some point prior the accident. Due to unstable walls, the trench suddenly collapsed while Hargis was still in the trench.
Due to the collapse, Hargis was critically injured. Emergency crews were able to transport him to Parkridge West Hospital where he later died.
At this time, the cause of the accident is unclear. OSHA and other authorities did not release any additional information surrounding the incident.
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I've been seeing reports say that the ground was wet due to the water main breaking and that the ground was not stabilized in any way prior to Hargis entering the trench. This seems like a huge oversight to whoever was supervising the work site, and it's something that needs to be addressed. What safety measures should have been taken? Why weren't they taken? How could this accident have been avoided?
OSHA reports usually only go so far as to explain the basic fact pattern of an accident for records purposes. In order to determine the whys and hows of an accident like this, most people have to seek independent professionals to investigate the accident. This is one way to ensure that whoever contributed to a work place accident is held accountable for their actions. Not only should victims and their families have a chance to pursue justice, but any and all hazards must be resolved to prevent similar tragedies from happening to someone else's loved one.
--Grossman Law Offices