Section 240 of the New York Labor Law
The labor laws in the state of New York provide unique protections to construction employees that are not available in other parts of the country. For this reason, it is often possible to bring a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent contractor or property owner rather than settling for the typically lower benefits offered by making a workers’ compensation claim following an accident. Among the specific laws in New York which offer exceptional protections to workers is Section 240 of the New York Labor Law, which deals with gravity-related accidents.
At Hach & Rose, LLP, our dedicated attorneys are committed to protecting the rights and interests of all New York construction workers and can potentially help you to recover compensation for your medical expenses and other losses following an accident. To learn more about your rights and options for recovery, call a New York construction injury attorney today at 866-LAWS-USA.
Requirements of Section 240
Section 240 of the New York Labor Law places a number of responsibilities on contractors and property owners, while also assigning to them liability for injuries which occur as a result of a failure in these obligations. The following are a few of the requirements made by Section 240:
- Safety equipment, such as “scaffolding, hoists, stays, ladders, slings, hangers, blocks, pulleys, braces, irons, ropes, and other devices,” must be provided to give proper protection to construction employees.
- Scaffolding and staging more than 30 feet off the group must be outfitted with safety rails or barriers of at least thirty four inches.
Failure to adhere to any of these requirements creates a dangerous environment for workers, and the party in control of the construction site can be held liable for any injuries that occur as a result to fail to follow these standards.
If you have suffered an injury due to the negligence of your employer at a construction site, you may be able to recover compensation for your losses through a personal injury lawsuit. For a free consultation with an experienced New York construction injury lawyer, call Hach & Rose, LLP, today at 866-LAWS-USA.