Under the Scaffold Law in New York, it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure workers are operating on safe work sites, especially when working at great heights. According to this law, property owners and contractors must have precautions in place to keep workers who are working high above the ground safe or otherwise they can be held accountable. Should these parties fail in these duties, causing an innocent construction worker to be injured, they can be held legally and financially accountable.
At Hach & Rose, LLP, we know that being the victim of a construction accident in New York that occurred due to working at a great height can be difficult. Fortunately, under the Scaffold Law victims may be able to receive financial compensation for injuries that were a result of poor precautions.
What Is Protected under the Scaffold Law
Though not all construction sites require workers to operate at great heights, many do, especially in New York. Unfortunately, this can put workers in serious danger, especially if the contractor or property owner doesn’t follow the Scaffold law, which states that any devices that allow for above ground work need to be constructed, placed, and operated in a safe manner. This means that workers are usually protected in the following situations:
- Falls from scaffolds
- Unsecured hoists
- Unsecured/unsafe ladders
Unfortunately, accidents involving these situations are all too common in construction. As a result, New York and 7 other states have put the Scaffold Law into action to make employers and contractors accountable for keeping their construction sites safe.
Contact a Construction Lawyer in New York
If you or a family member has been injured while working above ground at a construction site, our lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP, may be able to help you take action against the contractor or property owner responsible for the unsafe work site. Call us at 866-LAWS-USA to discuss the details of your case today.