A painter, applying sealant to the roof of a church, fell over the edge and was seriously injured. Another worker, sanding a wall while standing on the fourth rung of an A-frame ladder was injured when the ladder suddenly collapsed. What do these situations have in common?
One was a fall from a great height, the other from a lesser one, but both men were injured as a result of a fall from a height. Both men had equipment problems. In one case, the ladder’s stabilizing bracket broke. In the other, the painter was working on a roof alone, with no safety equipment at all. Most importantly, both came to the New York accident lawyers at Oresky & Associates, PLLC. to get legal help. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a height related fall at work, call our construction accident lawyers at (718) 993-9999, to receive a free consultation.
Painting is Dangerous
Falls can be deadly. In fact, all of the construction deaths in New York in 2013 were the result of falls. Painters often work at great height, on rooftops, bridges, ladders or scaffolds high above the ground. Even when not fatal, falls can cause serious harm including:
- Back injuries,
- Head injuries,
- Neck injuries,
- Broken bones and lacerations
This is especially true when inadequate safety measures are in place.
No Safety Equipment
New York building owners and contractors have a legal duty to provide construction workers working at heights with adequate safety equipment including safety harnesses, netting, safe scaffolds and ladders. Yet the courts are full of stories about scaffolds with no guardrails; missing or broken safety lines; scissor lifts that cannot be used in certain locations; no harnesses or netting; and ladders that break, tip, or are too short for the job. Being asked to work with inadequate equipment puts your life at risk. This is a risk that no one should have to take to make a living.
Oresky & Associates, PLLC., New York Accident Lawyers
At Oresky & Associates, PLLC., we focus on helping construction workers, like the painter on the church roof or the worker who was hurt when the ladder collapsed. No one should be asked to do dangerous work with inadequate safety equipment. Call us today at (718) 993-9999, so that we can help you obtain the recovery you deserve.
Link All construction deaths in 2013 http://ohsonline.com/articles/2014/03/17/nyc-construction-deaths-fell-62-percent-last-year.aspx?admgarea=news
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