Scaffolding accidents continue to be a plague on New York City construction workers, no matter how many laws and regulations are put in place. Case in point, recently four workers were injured when a scaffolding collapse occurred at a Hudson Yards construction site, as reported by the New York Post. Three of the workers suffered minor injuries, while the fourth worker was severely injured.
NYC Laws Regarding Scaffolding – What’s Gone Wrong?
New York state has a “Scaffold Law.” This law holds employers and property owners liable if a worker is injured while performing his or her duties on a scaffolding structure at high elevations. Specific safety equipment is mandatory for workers on scaffolding. The law (Article 10, Section 240) has been on the books since the 19th century, and New York state is the single state to impose absolute liability on employers.
Even with this unique New York law, scaffolding accidents continue to be one of the most common types of accidents occurring on construction sites. The building industry in New York is booming, with construction sites all over the boroughs. Developers and construction site managers, along with scaffolding installation firms, may cut corners in the rush to complete a job on time, and on budget. Unfortunately, it is innocent workers who pay the price.
Who Can Be Held Liable?
If you or your loved one was injured or killed in a scaffolding accident, you are facing many challenges. Not only are you living with the aftermath of the accident, but there are financial issues to consider. You have a right to benefits through the workers’ compensation system. These benefits will pay for your medical care and a percentage of the wages you would have earned if you hadn’t been injured. Sadly, these benefits are rarely enough to keep a family afloat.
In a scaffolding accident, you may have the option of filing a third-party lawsuit against an owner, contractor, or sub-contractor. The lawsuit may reflect a violation of various state laws, which control who can build, install, and maintain scaffolding structures in the state. Your first step is to contact a personal injury lawyer with an extensive history of success in construction accident injury cases.
When You Need Legal Help: Talk to WRSH
At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, we have achieved a reputation for legal excellence in construction site accidents, including scaffolding cases. If you were injured on the job, you need to ensure your right to full and fair compensation is protected. Our team of experienced personal injury lawyers has achieved many remarkable verdicts and out of court settlements for construction workers and their families. After a serious injury, there is no question that you need legal representation – just make sure you choose the right lawyer – one you can trust to relentlessly pursue justice and the maximum possible in compensation. Our legal services are provided on a contingency fee basis – no legal fees unless we are successful. Call (212) 986-7353 today for a free case evaluation.