Section 200 of the New York Code
Construction accidents are an all-too-common occurrence in New York, and injuries from these events are frequently extremely severe, requiring extensive medical treatment that can create a significant financial strain when a person doesn’t have the proper assistance. Fortunately, the state of New York has taken exceptional legal measures to protect the rights of construction workers in recognition of the risk of injury they face when an employer or property manager is negligent in their duty to provide a safe work environment. In Section 200 of the New York code, special definitions are made which provide for “reasonable and adequate protection to the lives, health and safety of all persons employed therein or lawfully frequenting such places (construction sites)”.
At Hach & Rose, LLP, our legal team is committed to helping those who have suffered injuries at construction sites to recover from their physical and financial injuries by recovering full compensation for their losses from the responsible party. To learn more about your rights and options for obtaining the financial restitution you need, call an experienced New York construction injury attorney today at 866-LAWS-USA.
Stipulations of Section 200
In order to ensure that construction employees and legal visitors to construction sites are adequately protected from preventable injury, Section 200 of the New York labor code provides for the following:
- All construction sites are to be “constructed, equipped, arranged, operated, and conducted” in a manner which provides for the reasonable safety of occupants and employees.
- Machinery, equipment, and devices must be operated, guarded, and lighted in order to provide adequate and reasonable safety.
- The board may make any rules necessary to carry these stipulations into effect.
Contractors and property owners who fail to uphold the requirements stated in Section 200 can be held liable for damages when an injury occurs as a result of this negligence, meaning your construction injury may be grounds for filing a lawsuit against your employer or the owner of the property.
If you have been injured at a construction site as a result of the contractor or property owner’s negligence, you do not have to depend on the unreliable workers compensation system in order to recoup your losses. For a free consultation with a New York City construction accident lawyer to learn more about the possibility of pursuing litigation, call Hach & Rose, LLP, today at 866-LAWS-USA.