Falls are the leading cause of workplace deaths, causing thousands of injuries each year. New York construction workers who are doing their work from scaffolding remain at risk for falls almost continuously. If you are injured in a scaffold accident in New York City, contact Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP to explore your options for compensation.
New York law includes strict provision for the safety of workers operating on scaffolding. According to New York’s Scaffold Law (Labor Law Section 240), it is the responsibility of third parties – contractors, project owners, project managers, etc. – to ensure that all customary protections are in place to prevent workers from falling off of scaffolding.
Established safety measures include the following:
If you were involved in a scaffolding accident in which these precautions were not in place, were attended to improperly, or where other factors not named above created an unsafe working environment, you have a right to seek compensation.
The specific scaffolding equipment used at a construction site can vary according to the work being done. Each type has its own applications – and risks.
In addition to these general types, there are a number of proprietary scaffolding systems developed for specific applications.
According to the United States Department of Labor, the number one cause of scaffolding injuries is scaffolding planks giving way – primarily due to the fact that not all lumber is appropriate for this use. Strict requirements have been established regarding the grade of lumber to be used, the condition of the wood in the planks, the maximum length of spans, weight-bearing capacity and other matters. failure to follow these guidelines may put any users of the scaffolding planks at risk.
Scaffold accidents often come with serious injuries that can have long-term effects on your life, your income, and your career. If you have suffered an injury due to scaffolding accident, contact Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP today. We have the experience, knowledge, and skills to assist you in negotiating with insurance companies to ensure you receive the maximum compensation possible. Schedule a free consultation today.