When you’re onsite at a construction accident, you are surrounded by potentially dangerous situations virtually all around you. No matter how careful you are, negligent behavior by your coworkers or unsafe conditions at the site can cause you to suffer an injury. Fortunately, New York construction workers are covered by the New York Labor Law, which contains multiple provisions offering them legal rights and protections against dangerous and unsafe working conditions.
The law enables workers to be able to take additional legal action beyond just seeking workers’ compensation. Construction workers may be able to sue property owners, general contractors and/or others entities responsible for their injuries. If you have been injured in a construction accident, contact our firm in order to discuss the incident and obtain advice about pursing legal action. We fully support those injured on a construction site and will work day and night to assist you in getting compensated for your suffering. We recognize the importance of getting you money to help ease the financial strain you’re under and will work tirelessly to help you.
The New York labor law Section 240 and Section 241 provides a clear legal overview of all construction operations, demolitions and excavations. This area of the law protects workers working on constructions sites and thoroughly states safety precautions, hours of work allotted, and responsibilities that employers have in keeping their staff safe. The New York labor law protects employees’ rights and can help them fight for compensation following an accident because of a violation of these laws.
The laws fall under Section 240 and 241 and define every legal term of protection guaranteed to employees in the state of New York working in construction, demolition and excavations. Under Section 240, the law defines the protection of workers from dangerous job-sites, defective tools and ladder accidents, as well as falls from heights and other falling objects. Section 241 very clearly defines that the owners and employers need to take every precaution available to ensure the safety of their workers and those around the construction site. If you are injured on your jobsite because of a negligent accident or if these laws are violated, you may be eligible to receive compensation.
Under §240 of the New York Labor Law, special protections are provided to those workers who fall victim to “gravity-related accidents.” Usually this applies to workers who are injured by a fall from scaffolding, ladders or through unprotected openings in the floor. Section 240 is also referred to as the “Strict Liability” law and it states that once a construction worker proves they were hurt as a result of a fall from a height, they are not required to provide any additional evidence about the negligence, fault or intent of the owner or general contractor. The owners are held “strictly liable.”
If you feel that your job site has violated any part of the New York labor law, it is important that you contact the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as well as contact an attorney as soon as possible. You may be eligible for a lawsuit and to receive compensation from any injuries that you have received from a negligent employer. When you work with Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., you will be working with the experienced and professional trial attorneys at our office. We will fight for your rights and compensation. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.