Construction painters who apply paint, stain or any other coating to buildings or bridges are covered by the laws protecting construction workers in New York. It is dangerous work, with a risk of death or serious bodily injury.
Like many other construction workers, painters risk injuries or death from falls from scaffolds and ladders. But there are also special dangers from exposure to toxic paints and solvents and lead poisoning. If you or a loved one has been injured in construction painting, an experienced New York construction accident lawyer can work to get you the compensation you deserve.
Exposure to Construction Paints and Solvents Leading to Personal Injury
Workers who spray paint with unhealthy fumes must be provided with protection. Some of these paints contain highly volatile chemicals with fumes that explode and catch on fire easily, so employers must also provide ventilation. This should usually come in the form of an exhaust that draws the fumes out of the confined space, according to the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This is a special danger that painters may face that can easily be ignored, resulting in a construction accident or illness.
Construction Accidents Stemming from Lead Poisoning
Many old paints contain lead, which is highly poisonous to people. Federal law also requires that employers limit a worker’s exposure to lead-based paints. There are daily limits that must be monitored or construction-related illnesses such as lead poisoning can result.
Sadly, many employers, especially small non-union contractors are either unaware of these requirements or choose to ignore them in an effort to keep costs down. Construction workers, including painters, can be seriously harmed or killed. If you or a loved one has been hurt while painting, get the help you need today by contacting us or by scheduling a consultation with Oresky & Associates, PLLC. at (718) 993-9999.