Because of the density of buildings and other infrastructure in New York, most construction sites require the use of scaffolding and other equipment to hoist workers and equipment to the heights at which they need to work. This elevation puts workers in the frightening position of being at constant risk of accident and injury during the workday should the scaffolding collapse or otherwise injure a worker.
New York labor laws offer extensive protections for construction workers against the negligence of contractors and property owners. Thus, in the event of gravity related injuries involving falling from a scaffold or being struck by an object falling from a scaffold, the responsible entity can be held strictly liable for the injuries and losses sustained by those affected. To learn more about your rights and options for recovering compensation, call an experienced New York scaffolding accident attorney at Hach & Rose, LLP, today at 866-LAWS-USA.
Common Causes of Accidents
Negligence in areas critical to worker safety should never be tolerated, and the strict liability enforced by section 240 of the New York labor laws helps enforce this in instances of contractor or property owner carelessness, such as the following:
- Poorly secured scaffolding
- Lack of safety inspections
- Malfunctioning brake systems
- Poor maintenance
When scaffolding collapses or causes a person to fall, due to these or other factors, section 240 almost always allows a construction worker to file against the party in charge of the worksite.
If you have been injured in a scaffolding accident caused by the negligence of the contractor or property owner, you may be able to overcome your medical expenses and other losses with financial compensation from the responsible party. For a free consultation to discuss the details of your case with an experienced New York scaffolding accident lawyer, call Hach & Rose, LLP, today at 866-LAWS-USA.