In New York it may seem as though we don't have any more room for construction because every square inch of the city is occupied. For this very reason, buildings continue to grow taller in order to keep expanding with the growing population and their demands for businesses and entertainment, etc. Scaffolding is used by construction workers in order for them to conduct their work on various buildings throughout the city. Unfortunately, while they are necessary for the job, they also pose as an extremely dangerous threat to any worker who may be using the scaffolding if they fall or it collapses. In the event the scaffolding collapses, not only can the workers themselves be severely injured or killed, but many more injuries and deaths can occur to those below. These incidents can include injuries such as head and spinal cord injuries, broken bones and possible death.
Due to the severity of these injuries, the state of New York has established laws in order to assist the injured workers and protect them from not receiving the compensation that is justly theirs after a wrongful injury. According to the New York Labor Law § 240, all company owners and general contractors are required to provide their employees with safe environments on all their work sites. In the event that a worksite is unsafe, this law protects the workers to ensure they receive the finances to help them cover the extensive medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and any other expense after the tragic accident.
Safety Requirements For Scaffolding Equipment
Under the aforementioned New York Labor Law, it states that all scaffolding equipment must follow certain safety regulations in order to provide the employees with a safe work environment. For example, any scaffolding that is higher than 20 feet from the ground, or if it is going to be suspended from a support that is overhead, requires certain safety rails to be attached at least 34 inches from the floor of the scaffolding. The only openings on the scaffolding are to be used in order to deliver materials at the construction site. Also, the scaffolding must be securely fastened to its designated area in order to ensure that it will not move or sway from the structure or building itself. Scaffolding is to be designed to hold at least four times the weight that it will be used for to ensure the safety of the workers and the people below. Sadly, construction injuries often occur as a direct result of a company not following these very specific safety regulations, and those who are victims of these negligent acts have a right to fight for compensation.
The primary causes of scaffolding accidents are:
- Defective scaffolding equipment
- Poor employee training
- Failure to provide workers with sufficient fall protection equipment
- Improper installation of the scaffolding equipment
How An NYC Construction Accident Lawyer Can Fight For You!
According to statistics by the United States Department of Labor, there are an average of 60 deaths per year caused by scaffolding-related accidents, and an estimated 4,500 injuries caused. Our of these injuries, 72 percent of them were a result of the scaffolding support or planking giving way, the worker being struck by a falling object or as a result of slipping. Unfortunately, while these accidents are all too common with the estimated 2.3 million construction workers in America, being a victim doesn't mean you don't have the opportunity to fight for justice. Many of the injuries and deaths on construction sites are a result of the negligent acts on behalf of the construction companies, and other entities, and their failure to follow the government safety regulations. The attorneys at Sakkas, Cahn & Weiss, LLP, want to help you.
As experienced and skilled NYC personal injury attorneys, we want to help you fight for the compensation that is rightfully yours as a result of your construction injury. No person deserves to suffer a life-changing injury after a work accident; whether it is a broken leg or severe spinal damage, we want to help you pursue the financial compensation that you deserve. After an injury or wrongful death of a loved one, you may be dealing with high medical bills and lost wages, among many other expenses. Whatever the case may be, our law firm wants to walk with you every step of the way. You don't have to be the victim any longer. At our firm we will take the necessary steps to take you through the legal process and fight on your behalf. We understand how hard this time is, so as we deal with cases aggressively, we will come alongside you with the compensation that you deserve in this painful season.
If you're a victim of a scaffolding accident, contact an NYC construction lawyer today!