How are construction workers protected in New York?
In New York State, we have some of the strongest laws in the country to protect construction workers who are injured on a workplace. Section 240 of the Labor Law of the State of New York protects construction workers when they’re injured in what’s called a “gravity-related injury.” That means when someone falls from a ladder or falls from a scaffold or otherwise falls from a height, or an object falls from a height striking a worker. In those circumstances, property owners and general contractors are responsible for ensuring that there’s proper workplace safety, and the law holds those parties responsible.
Now, Section 241-6 of the Labor Law of the State of New York applies to general types of hazards on construction sites, and what the courts look at is what’s called the “Industrial Code of the State of New York” to determine whether or not there was a violation of a regulation. And the purpose of that statute is to hold, again, owners, general contractors responsible for tripping hazards on construction sites, slipping hazards on construction sites, the failure to wear protective equipment or provide workers with the proper protective equipment.
So when you’re involved in an accident, it’s more than just being able to bring a workers’ compensation claim, it’s more than just thinking “it’s my employer’s fault that I was hurt.” Our laws in New York State are very strong, are very specific, as far as holding the owners and general contractors responsible for workplace injuries.
Contact an experienced construction accident attorney at the New York office of Hach & Rose, LLP, at 212-779-0057.