A sidewalk bridge installer was injured and fell approximately 20 feet when a 2×4 that he was leaning on snapped. The New York Labor Law establishes that property owners and general contractors have the legal responsibility to operate and maintain a safe workplace for workers engaged in construction, repair, and/or demolition activities. New York Labor Law #240 provides special protection to workers who are required to either work at elevations, or with elevated objects. Under Labor Law #240, workers who are injured by – or on – scaffolds, ladders, hoists, and other construction related equipment are entitled to recover money damages for their injuries. Virtually all such construction workers are protected.
This is called the “Scaffold Law.” It holds contractors and property owners (there are exceptions) engaged in construction, repair, or demolition of structures ABSOLUTELY LIABLE for injuries to their workers for falls from scaffolds, ladders, falling objects or other height related injuries. Injured workers can recover money for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and other resulting expenses. These damages would be in addition to Workers’ Compensation.
Injuries often occur when workers fall, scaffolds collapse, or objects fall and strike workers.
These types of accidents can happen to anyone on a construction site but are especially common among those workers required to perform work on or near a sidewalk bridge, a scaffold, a ladder including:
- Concrete workers
- Iron workers
- Pipe fitters
- And others
At Oresky & Associates, PLLC., our goal is to obtain compensation for workers who have been injured on the job. We represent accident victims, that need help during the difficult time following an accident. Our experienced legal team is ready to go to work.
Oresky & Associates, PLLC. was recognized in the New York Law Journal and in New York Magazine, “Top Verdicts & Settlements” during 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 in having some of the highest money awards in New York State for construction accident cases.
*Prior results do not guarantee a future similar outcome.