A drywall taper was badly hurt when he lost his balance and fell off a pipe scaffold. There was no safety railing behind him on the scaffold, and he had not been provided with a safety belt, harness or any other safety gear.
Falls from ladders and scaffolds can be deadly, but they can also be prevented. The scaffold accident lawyers at Jacob Oresky & Associates argued that the construction worker’s injuries would not have happened with proper safety equipment and that the contractor‘s failures caused the taper’s harm. We won summary judgment in favor of our client on the issue of liability as it was determined that the contractor was at fault. Ultimately with trial around the corner the defendants through their insurance company settled for $1.9 million to avoid trial.
Drywall tapers, like painters, electricians and other construction workers who work high above the ground on scaffolds and ladders, risk significant injury from falls. New York law takes special care to protect workers in these situations by requiring contractors to provide safety gear, safe equipment and training about how to do the work without injury. However, some contractors cut corners to get the job done quickly and ignore what the law requires.
Contractors often argue that construction workers who fall from ladders or scaffolds at work are responsible for their own injuries because of carelessness or for some other reason. If proper safety equipment is not provided the worker’s comparative fault is not a defense. A contractor who tells you to work without safe equipment is breaking the law. You should have an experienced scaffold accident lawyer like those at Jacob Oresky & Associations PLLC, represent your interests in a court of law.
Let us work on your side. If you or a loved one has been injured in a fall at work, call us today for a free consultation at 718-993-9999. We speak Spanish. Our offices are conveniently located in the Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan but we can always come to you if your injuries make travel difficult.
*Prior results do not guarantee a future similar outcome.