Doing roof work for a contractor or property owner does not have to be a dangerous job when the right precautions are taken. Although working high off the ground has the potential to result in a serious accident, there are many steps that employers and property owners can and should take in order to make sure the individuals working for them are protected. These steps include things like providing the right equipment, informing workers about hazards, and ensuring everyone has the necessary training to avoid accidents. Unfortunately, these precautions are not always taken, making it easier for workers to be needlessly hurt.
If you or a loved one was injured during a roofing job, a New York City construction accident attorney of Hach & Rose, LLP, may be able to help you obtain compensation from the contractor, property owner, or other responsible party. To speak with an experienced construction accident attorney today, contact us at 866-LAWS-USA.
Precautions against Roofing Accidents
Employers and property owners are aware that working on a roof can be dangerous and that certain precautions need to be taken to protect workers. Some of the precautions that should be taken include:
- Providing fall protection equipment and training on how to use it properly
- Providing a safety training program for workers
- Placing guardrails near openings such as skylights and chimney shafts
- Providing secure ladders
- Warning workers of any hazards particular to the roof they are working on
When contractors and property owners fail to provide these safety measures, they can be held financially responsible to any injured worker through New York labor law, section 240, which specifically protects construction workers injured in accidents that occur due to falling from great heights.
The New York City construction accident lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP, are committed to helping victims of construction accidents obtain the compensation they need for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. If you or a loved one was injured, contact us today at 866-LAWS-USA.