As we all know, construction work by its nature is inherently dangerous. Although union construction workers have an advantage with training and safety measures fought for by their unions, accidents do still occur, and when they do, they can be both physically and financially catastrophic to both the member and his or her family. Dangerous situations are often avoidable on the sites where members work, but it is the responsibility of property owners, general contractors, subcontractors, machine & equipment manufacturers as well as equipment suppliers to provide not only a safe place to work but also to provide safe equipment to perform your work in order to make that site safer.
The New York State Labor Laws, fought for by your union leadership, protects workers when injured on construction sites. Section 240 of the Labor Law holds property owners and general contractors responsible if there is a gravity-related injury; meaning if a worker falls from a height or an object falls striking a worker, that worker can recover against a third party on or affiliated with the construction site. Sections 241 and 200 of the Labor Law hold owners and contractors responsible if sections of the Industrial Code of the State of New York is violated or if a worker is not provided with a safe place to work.
If injured on the job there are certain steps that should be taken immediately to protect your rights:
Hach & Rose, LLP is one of the top construction accident law firms in New York State and has the results and pedigree to back it up. Hach & Rose aggressively protects the rights of Union members and has unique experience handling complex construction accident cases for Union members who have been injured. Hach & Rose is never afraid to go to trial, the insurance companies know it and it’s that willingness to go to trial that ultimately increases the amounts insurance companies are willing to pay to our clients. They are a one-stop-shop that coordinates your workers’ compensation and social security disability benefits as well. If a member has been injured in a work related accident contact Hach & Rose, LLP at (212) 779-0057 or visit them on the web at unionlawfirm.com to discuss any legal issues you may have.
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