Unsafe Construction Sites
Experienced Construction Accident Lawyer
More accidents happen in the construction field than almost any other industry in the United States. Many of these accidents could have been avoided had employers followed federal and state safety regulations. Unsafe construction sites are a leading cause of injury and fatality in this field. If you or someone you love was injured because a construction site was unsafe, you may be able to bring a claim against your employer with the help of The Law Firm of Steven I. Fried, P.C.
Elements of a Safe Construction Site
New York State Labor Law § 240 explains that all employers are required to provide their employees with a reasonably safe work environment. Specifically, construction-industry employers must provide their workers with proper scaffolding, harnesses, safety gear, hoists and other equipment needed to maintain a safe construction site.
New York labor law is unique in that it is one of the last states that does not allow much room for liability to be shifted onto construction workers and subcontractors, specifically in elevation-related accidents like falls from scaffolding. Building owners and construction contractors have the duty to maintain a safe work environment and can be held liable for injuries incurred on the construction premises.
Scaffolding: A Leading Cause Fall Injuries
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that lack of adequate fall protection and improperly manufactured scaffolding are leading causes of injuries and deaths in the construction industry. Based on OSHA investigations of all construction site inspections, nearly a third of all safety violations were of scaffolding and fall protection laws. OSHA investigations also revealed that:
- Approximately two-thirds of all safety inspections uncovered at least one violation.
- In construction occupations such as roofing and masonry, violations occurred at more than 80 percent of sites inspected.
- A majority of safety violations were classified as “serious” rather than moderate or minor.
- New York City construction site safety violations are 20 percent more common than when compared with statewide statistics.
- NYC building owners and contractors are more likely to hire undocumented workers, whose only protection is scaffold law since they don’t have health insurance and aren’t covered by workers’ compensation.
Your immigration status has no effect on your right to commence a lawsuit. Whether you are a citizen, holder of a green card or an undocumented alien, you are entitled to the statutory protections afforded by section 240 of the Labor Laws.
Contacting a Personal Injury Attorney
When a construction site accident occurs, there are statutes, laws and protections in place to help injured workers recover money damages. In addition to workers compensation benefits, lawsuits can be commenced against owners and contractors for violations of New York State Labor Laws.
Our law firm has represented many construction workers in accident cases. Our investigation team can find the culpable parties and can insure that the insurance companies pay your medical bills and lost wages. We also make sure that the responsible entities pay for your past, present and future pain and suffering as well as your future lost wages. We fight to protect your legal rights!