Construction Site Accidents

Picture7Construction workers suffer serious injuries at an alarming rate. There are multiple hazards on a construction site, including falls from scaffolds and other elevations, being struck by moving or falling machinery, electrocution, health hazards resulting from exposure to asbestos and chemicals, injuries caused by defective or unsafe equipment, and lifting and repetitive motion injuries.

New York’s labor law is intended to make construction workers safe. The law requires general contractors and landlords of the project to provide a reasonable safe place to work. Under New York law, general contractors, architects, manufacturers and landlords can be sued for accidents and injuries or wrongful deaths at the construction site. In many cases, the law imposes absolute liability on the general contractor and or landlord for failing to provide proper safety protection devices for construction workers to prevent injuries due to falling.

Specifically, Labor Law 240 requires owners, their agents, and contractors to provide proper safety protection devices for construction workers to prevent injuries due to falling. This law:

  • applies to demolition, construction, alteration, painting, cleaning, and other kinds of work.
  • covers both union and non-union employees.
  • protects workers both from New York as well as out of state workers and cover all workers including illegal immigrants
  • protects various kinds of workers including bridge workers, equipment operators, road workers, engineers, inspectors, surveyors, utility workers, as well as typical laborers and construction workers.

If you or someone you love has suffered a serious injury or wrongful death on a construction site, due to falling or by other means, call BLAU LEONARD LAW GROUP, LLC today at 800-320-0403 for a free consultation. All of our cases are taken on a contingency fee basis, so there is no cost to you unless we win your case.