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ENCINO: David Tzaput Tzep Killed In Trench Collapse Accident During Sewer Repair At Home Near North Louise Avenue


Jul 7, 2019

David Tzep Encino Trench Collapse Accident: Construction Worker David Tzaput Tzep Killed In Encino Trench Collapse Accident During Sewer Repair At Home Near North Louise Avenue

ENCINO, CALIFORNIA (July 5, 2019) – A construction worker identified as David Tzaput Tzep has tragically died in a trench collapse accident at a home on North Louise Avenue. 

Encino police are saying that the construction worker was working on a sewer line underneath the home when the trench collapsed. Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene of the accident in order to help David Tzaput Tzep.

The trench that collapsed is around 10 to 20 feet deep. Rescuers worked frantically to save the victim. But the Los Angeles Fire Department said that he was “beyond medical help.”

David Tzaput Tzep was later pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the trench collapse remains ongoing at this time.

Preventing Trench Collapses

According to OSHA, “Trench collapses cause dozens of fatalities and hundreds of injuries each year. Cave-ins pose the greatest risk and are much more likely than other excavation related accidents to result in worker fatalities.” There are a number of safety measures that should be put in place to help prevent the likelihood of trench collapses. 

  • Heavy equipment should be kept away from trench edges
  • Trenches must be inspected by a competent person at regular intervals
  • Construction workers should not work under heavy loads
  • Trench walls must be properly reinforced

Victims of trench collapses that survive typically are left with catastrophic injuries. In the vast majority of these accidents human error is at least partially to blame. Depending on the specific facts of any case there may be multiple sources of liability for a trench collapse. 

Liability For Trench Collapses

Construction companies have a legal responsibility to obey OSHA safety guidelines and to take measures to prevent their workers from being injured. In the event a worker is injured or killed they are obliged to help. According to the California Department of Industrial Relations Workers Compensation Guidebook, “If you get hurt on the job, your employer is required by law to pay for workers’ compensation benefits.”  This includes providing death benefits to the family of a worker that is killed on the job. 

What many workers don’t realize is that the worker’s compensation system may not be their only resource after an accident. If a company separate from a worker’s employer contributed to the accident they could be held accountable through a civil claim. Damages in a civil claim can further help with funeral expenses, lost wages, medical bills and emotional trauma. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your options are. 

Investigating a Trench Collapse

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of the construction worker David Tzaput Tzep who died in this Encinco trench collapse accident. Anyone that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue to investigate. It is our sincere hope that safety measures will be put in place to reduce accidents like this in the future.

If you or someone that you love has been involved in a trench collapse accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply about making sure that accident victims are treated fairly. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need assistance after an accident we are here for you You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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