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Lawyers Lobby For Safer New York State Labor Laws

Recent construction accident news supports David Perecman’s stance that New York State labor laws need to be updated and strengthened to protect worker’s rights. David H. Perecman, a New York City construction accident lawyer and co-founder of the personal injury law firm of the Perecman Firm made construction accident news when he told various committees of the New York State Assembly that some New York State labor laws and agencies must be updated and strengthened to adequately protect worker safety on construction sites.

Mr. Perecman, Treasurer of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and Co-chair of the New York State Labor Law Committee, addressed the Standing Committee on Cities, the Standing Committee on Codes, and the Standing Committee on Housing on behalf of NYSTLA. Mr. Perecman spoke to the Assembly regarding the effectiveness of New York’s body of laws and enforcement agencies with respect to construction site safety.

With nearly three decades practicing law in the area of construction accidents, Mr. Perecman told the Assembly that several New York State labor laws are currently either outdated or have been diluted to a degree that no longer helps workers. “Every year there are efforts to repeal, modify or so entirely weaken or dilute the law so that it becomes ineffective in saving lives and protecting workers. We must continue to protect these laws,” said Mr. Perecman.

Speaking of several incidents in construction accident news and how they have significantly affected the lives of injured workers and their families, Mr. Perecman noted that labor laws, such as Labor Law Sections 240 and 241, are critical for the protection of construction workers and their families. Construction sites, already dangerous places to work, will only become more so if New York State labor laws will be completely stripped of their effectiveness, he says.

“Not only must we create new rules and regulations in the City of New York, and not only must we strengthen the agencies in the City of New York, we must revisit, evaluate and update the New York Code of Rules and Regulations while preserving Labor Law Sections 240 and 241,” said Mr. Perecman.

“The point is simple: the rules and regulations of the Industrial Code need to be updated, and Labor Law 240 must remain as strong as it has been since the day of its passage,” he said.


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