Daniel M. Honig, PE
Structural Engineering Consultant ::::
Case Synopsis: Plaintiff was injured during the course of a manhole excavation due to improper shoring. The job site supervision and compliance with OSHA regulations were questioned.
Expert Analysis: Defendants retained an expert to review of project documents, deposition testimony, applicable codes and industry standards, as well as customary shoring techniques.
An investigation into the matter revealed that the plaintiff had not been properly trained, monitored and/or overseen in compliance with OSHA regulations. The plaintiff placed himself in harms way by entering the excavation without seeking permission. Proper shoring was in the process of being placed, and the defendants had provided proper supervision of their subcontractors.
Results: Successfully defended.