Construction work is one of the leading careers in the nation. It is estimated that roughly 6.5 million people work on construction sites throughout the country. Of that number, an estimated 2.3 million work on scaffolds. These are large structures that allow individuals to work at greater heights. However, not all construction sites are created equally. If the correct safety precaution is not taken, it can lead to serious damage. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates an average of 80 deaths and 4,500 injuries caused by scaffolding falls. That is why Labor Law 240 protects construction workers.
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New York Labor Law 240 protects the rights of construction workers who must work at a higher height. The statute asserts
all premises’ owners and contractors, except owners of one- and two-family dwellings. It protects employees from special hazards related to height when engaged in the erection, demolition, repairing, altering, painting, cleaning, or pointing of a building or structure.
The law establishes measures to protect individuals working at higher heights. It forces employers to provide the appropriate tools and gear to protect workers from falls and falling objects.
Examples of § 240 claims include:
In general, construction workers are asked to wear the appropriate safety gear while the employers are meant to provide them. If a violation of the labor law 240 occurs, an individual can have grounds to seek compensation.
Three things to consider in § 240 claims:
At The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., we believe that construction workers should feel safe while they work. We aim to uphold the statutes listed in Labor Law 240 and hold violating parties accountable. If you experienced an injury while working on scaffolding or at a high height, due to negligence, contact our New York construction accident attorneys today!
The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C.'s team of NYC personal injury attorneys have recovered more than $400 million in verdicts and settlements for their clients. We understand the financial and emotional toll a serious accident can have on your life. That’s why we dedicate ourselves to maximizing your recovery and securing what you deserve.
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