Damage to the spinal cord can block the communication between the body and the brain. It is a catastrophic injury that can happen in the blinks of an eye, but it can cause many years of suffering for victims in Tennessee and elsewhere. The location of spinal cord damage and the severity will determine whether the injury is classified as complete or incomplete. Spinal damage can prevent sensory, reflex and motor messages reaching the brain.
The annual Trench Safety Stand Down is scheduled for the week starting June 17. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration uses this time to remind employers and workers nationwide, including Tennessee. Compliance with safety standards is the only way to prevent trench collapses and their tragic consequences. The agency explains that a cave-in can bury a worker under a cubic yard of soil that could weigh as much as 3,000 pounds -- or the weight of a small car. Workers who are fortunate to survive often suffer severe construction site injuries that could lead to permanent disability.