New York’s Labor Law # 240 and 241 protects construction workers who are injured at buildings, on sidewalk bridges, scaffolds, ladders, and other areas of construction sites. It applies to injuries when workers fall, or are hit by falling objects which were being hoisted or should have been secured during the construction process. According to New York’s Scaffolding Law, contractors, property owners and their agents (such as subcontractors) must provide a safe construction site for all workers. Often, contractors or owners can fail to provide workers with safety equipment that could have been in place to prevent objects from falling on a worker. Their duty to secure materials and equipment is required since the statute obligates a worker to be protected at all times from being exposed to the risk of harm caused by a falling objects. When they fail in their legal duty, the Scaffolding Law allows injured workers to sue these responsible defendants for all of their damages (there are certain exceptions). Construction workers are protected by the Scaffolding Law, regardless of whether they are U.S. citizens, or undocumented workers.
Falling Objects Often Cause Severe Injuries on Construction Sites
Accidents caused by falling objects at construction and renovation sites are an all too common problem. They can cause serious and in some cases, fatal injuries, such as:
- Severe concussions and possible brain damage
- Traumatic back, neck, and spinal cord injuries
- Fractured arms, shoulders, and legs
- Serious lacerations
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The list of falling objects that can injure construction workers is long. Some of them can include:
- Bricks, walls, concrete, wood, pipes, beams, glass, and debris
- Door frames, doors, and windows
- Materials, equipment and devices used in the construction process
New York Workers’ Compensation does not cover damages for pain and suffering, which is a major component of a personal injury case. At Oresky & Associates, PLLC., our goal is to help you obtain the fullest and fairest compensation.
The experienced lawyers at Oresky & Associates, PLLC. have represented injured workers’ claims under the Scaffolding Law for decades. If you or a family member has suffered serious injuries, or a wrongful death, because of injury at a construction site, contact our office today for a free and full analysis of your injury claim.