This case involved a 48-year-old school operating engineer who was severely burned after falling on hot water that leaked out of a sump pump attached to the school’s boiler. The worker suffered from second and third degree burns and was required to undergo surgery for his injuries.
Leading up to the injury, the worker repeatedly requested to his superiors that the pump be fixed, however those requests were ignored. Therefore, Hach & Rose, LLP, contended that the defendants’ failure to repair the pump or adequately safeguard the problem was a violation of New York Labor Law 241(6).
The New York Labor Law is a special set of rights that ensure safety for construction workers. Specifically, under New York Labor Law 241(6), property owners and contractors must provide reasonable and adequate protection for their employees when construction, excavation, or demolition work is being performed.
Hach & Rose’s dedication to hold the responsible party responsible for their negligence resulted in a $1.5 million settlement for the injured worker.