Building and safety codes in New York are in place to do two main things: protect the health of people who are working in construction, and ensure the long-term safety of residents living and working in the buildings they construct. When these codes are not followed properly, injuries and even fatalities can occur. These codes are not arbitrary or put in place just to annoy constructions companies - they exist, typically, in response to unsafe conditions that have caused injuries and deaths in the past.
If you or someone you know has been injured due to a violation of a building or safety code in New York, then compensation may be owed for pain and suffering. Violations of code are usually clear-cut cases of negligence, and when accidents happen as a result, those who violated the code are liable for your injuries and costs. Do not suffer alone - or in silence. Call the experienced NY personal injury lawyers of Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP today at (212) 986-7353. We can discuss your case, talk about your options, and help make sure your rights are protected.
Quite simply, building codes are regulations and requirements created by the New York government to ensure safe conditions on construction sites and in the buildings that they produce. These codes regulate not only the materials used and work conditions on the site, but also the standards in constructing the finished building. They make sure all structures are designed and built in a safe manner so that the risk of injury or death during construction is minimized, and future occupants who live or work in the building are as safe as possible.
Although there are many different building and construction codes in New York, far too many to list here, a few common categories include:
- General Building Codes: These include regulations and laws involving physical aspects of buildings such as fire and smoke protection, accessibility, and the materials used in construction.
- Energy Codes: Energy Codes exist to support conservation when constructing, and, afterward, living or working in a building. They include both local and state laws that encourage and reward energy conservation.
- Fuel Gas Codes: These codes govern how gas piping is installed within and around a building. They are meant to help prevent gas leaks and to offer guidelines on additional structures like chimneys or ventilation.
- Mechanical Codes: These regulations cover mechanical systems like building refrigeration or any solar energy systems. Ventilation and duct systems can also be covered by these codes.
- Plumbing Codes: Plumbing codes include water heaters, fixtures and faucets, and sewage or sanitary drainage. They indicate the types of pipes that can be used for each area as well as storm drainage and water supply systems.
- Electrical Codes: These include older electrical codes as well as updates and revisions to cover a wide range of electrical systems. They regulate the types of systems that can be used in new construction, as well as how to repair and update older electrical systems.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to building or safety code violations, then you deserve compensation for your injuries. Determining where negligence has occurred and who is liable can be difficult, and proving it even more so. Don’t venture into the deep waters of the legal system alone. You deserve an experienced, knowledgeable New York construction accident attorney to represent you and make sure your case is handled properly.
Call the attorneys of Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP today at (212) 986-7353. Tell us about your case and we can help you determine the best way to proceed.