Construction is a necessary but also inherently dangerous industry that can leave workers exposed to a wide variety of construction site accidents and injuries. Any failure on the part of a general contractor, property owner, or machinery manufacturer to make sure that construction sites and construction equipment are safe may result in a devastating accident that causes innocent workers undue injury. In most states in the U.S., construction workers who suffer an injury on the job may not have any legal options available to them outside of pursuing workers’ compensation benefits. However, the state of New York provides further protection for construction workers through certain New York Labor Law statutes, allowing them to pursue compensation from liable property owners or general contractors.
As an injured New York construction worker, you deserve to know your rights and options for obtaining compensation when you have suffered an injury on the job. The New York construction accident attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, have been working with both union and non-union construction workers to obtain multi-million dollar settlements for years and as such, have the experience and knowledge you want in the accident attorney representing you. Contact our offices at 866-LAWS-USA for more information about how a construction accident attorney may be able to help you.
Due to the nature of construction sites and work, there are many inherent dangers that come with being a construction worker. However, under New York Labor Law statutes 200, 240, and 241-6, construction workers should be protected from these dangers by the property owners and general contractors in charge of a construction project. Unfortunately, these parties do not always fulfill their responsibility to workers, resulting in debilitating injuries.
At Hach & Rose, LLP, we understand that suffering an injury in a construction site accident can affect much more than your physical well-being – it can affect your very livelihood. As such, we are ready to put our experience and dedication to work for you on cases involving:
It is the responsibility of those in charge of a construction site and project to provide safe working environments to workers so as to mitigate the chances of an accident occurring. However, when an accident does occur, construction workers in New York may be able to receive greater compensation and protection due to the following labor law statutes:
Labor Law Section 200 - This section of the labor laws states that any property owner or general contractor who had reasonable control over a construction site or project and the conditions under which the workers operated may be held liable for injuries and construction site accidents that occur when the accident was the result of a hazardous condition that they should have been reasonably aware or made aware of. This does exclude blatantly obvious or apparent dangerous situations, such as exposed hanging dangers on which a worker could hit his or her head.
Labor Law Section 240 – This section protects construction workers in the event of a gravity-related construction site accident. According to this section of the law, contractors and owners, barring single- or two-family home owners not directly in control of the work being performed, are required to provide safety provisions, such as scaffolding, ladders, and hoists, to adequately protect workers from both falling from great heights or having objects fall on them. In gravity-related accidents, contractors and property owners can be held strictly liable for an injury.
Labor Law Section 241-6 – This section states that property owners, with certain exceptions, and general contractors are obligated to provide safe construction sites to workers and that this duty cannot be placed on another party (is non-delegable). This includes providing safety equipment and safe tools and appliances. Under this section, the owner or contractor must have had sufficient control over the site and the work being performed in order to be liable.
At Hach & Rose, LLP, we understand that you may be facing incredible physical and emotional strain after a construction accident or injury. Our team of NY construction accident lawyers is dedicated to helping you fight for financial assistance to cover medical bills, lost wages, lost future earning capability, and other expenses related to your accident or injury. Contact our offices at 866-LAWS-USA, to speak with a committed and capable construction accident attorney about your situation.
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