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New York Window Washer Accident Attorneys

Window washers have inherently dangerous jobs, as they scale the side of buildings often at high heights to perform regular maintenance on buildings. Window washers face dangerous heights and winds each day on the job as they scale tall buildings, skyscrapers, and high-rises throughout New York City, often suspended above the ground below attached to scaffolds on ropes or by rigging on the rooftop.

Window washers who fall off of scaffolding in New York can experience devastating injuries, even fatalities in severe instances. Even if the accident does not result in death, workers may be left with lifelong injuries that can negatively impact a worker’s ability to work. Whether it be for a few months during recovery, years of rehabilitation, or forced early retirement due to injury, construction site accidents can negatively affect construction workers’ livelihoods and ability to earn a living for their families.

Many window washers utilize scaffolding to help them perform their work duties. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that 2.3 million construction workers, or 65 percent of the construction industry, work on scaffolds frequently. No matter if you were using tubular steel scaffolding, wood scaffolding, rolling scaffolds, baker scaffolds, or pole scaffolds, it is important that adequate safety measures are in place when using each type of scaffold to ensure the safety of the worker and to avoid unnecessary accidents, injuries, or death.

Most scaffold accidents can be avoided if appropriate safety measures are instituted and upheld. Unfortunately, safety violations are not uncommon and injuries do occur due to employer negligence. In some instances, there may be other responsible parties for an accident, including outside vendors, leasing companies, equipment designers, manufacturers, or subcontractors.

OSHA outlines that it is the responsibility of employers to create safe working environments for employees that prevent them from falling off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations, or into holes in the floor and walls. OSHA also requires that adequate fall protection be in place for elevations of four feet or greater.

To prevent workers from falling, employers must provide guard rails and toe-board around elevated open-sided platforms and provide other fall protection, such as safety harnesses and lines, safety nets, and handrails. Overall, employers must provide employees with working conditions that are free of known dangers, provide adequate protective equipment for all workers, and train workers about job hazards.

If you or your loved ones have been injured in New York due to an accident while performing your work duties as a window washer, contact us at (212) 779-0057 to speak with a knowledgeable attorney about your legal rights and options in this situation.

Causes of Window Washer Accidents in New York

Window washers in New York are injured in on-the-job accidents every year. And due to the significant heights that their work entails, falls from scaffolds or objects that fall from scaffolds onto workers below, can be severe or fatal in more severe instances.

In New York, there are laws in place that provide construction workers with regulations to create safe working environments. And in the event of injuries due to negligence, workers may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, damages, or death.

New York Labor Law 202 requires building managers, owners, lessees, superintendents, and other officials to ensure to safety of all contractors hired to wash windows along their building or structure, regardless of height. If the tools supplied are not up to code, window washers are required to cease all work until adequate tools are provided.

New York Labor Law 204 requires building owners or contractors on job sites to provide window washers and similar workers with scaffolding and safety gear and rigging to perform their jobs.

Some common window washer accidents are due to:

  • Falls due to unguarded floor openings
  • Static line failure
  • Malfunctioning personnel lift
  • Unsecured line
  • Tools and items that fall to pedestrian below

Contact a New York work injury lawyer of Hach & Rose, LLPCommon Window Washer Accident Injuries

If you were the victim of an accident while washing windows due to a building owner, manager, or other negligent party’s negligence, you may be able to file a claim against the negligent party.

Due to the heights that window washers perform their work, most falls are fatal, especially if working at five stories or above. However, there are a number of other injuries that workers can sustain on the job

Common window washer accident injuries include:

  • Death
  • Broken bones
  • Paralysis
  • Brain injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Quadriplegia
  • Paraplegia
  • Bruises and lacerations
  • Tissue damage
  • Neck and shoulder injuries

Even a seemingly minor accident may cause more serious complications months or years down the road, so it is essential to seek medical care following the incident to ensure that you do not have more severe unknown injuries or internal bleeding that are not visible. These medical records are also important to obtain when pursuing a legal case against the construction company in the future.

You May Be Able to Recover Damages for Your Window Washer Accident

If you or your loved ones have been injured as a window washer due to an accident in New York or New York City, you may be able to recover damages due to:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Lost limbs
  • Permanent injury or disability
  • Physical therapy or rehabilitation costs
  • Lost wages
  • Current and future medical bills incurred
  • Wrongful death
  • Funeral costs

If you suffered injuries due to a fall or other accident as a window washer, negligent building owners, contractors, and site supervisors may be liable for your pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages, among other expenses that may have been incurred after your injury.

An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you determine if you have a case against a building owner, building manager, or another negligent party for injuries sustained. Contact a New York workplace accident victim lawyer of Hach & Rose, LLP, by calling (212) 779-0057 today if you have any questions or need legal advice. Our lawyers are experienced at understanding the worker accident laws in New York and understanding your legal rights after a personal injury.

We have received millions of dollars for clients who were injured while at work in New York.

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Our attorneys have been able to successfully obtain personal injury awards worth millions of dollars for other injured New Yorkers who suffered injuries while at work and may be able to do the same for you if you’ve been injured on the job. Contact a New York personal injury attorney of Hach & Rose, LLP, by calling (212) 779-0057 today.

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