No matter how many safety precautions are put into place, construction sites will always remain one of the most dangerous places for people to work. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are approximately 150,000 construction accidents every year. Many of these accidents occur right here in Upstate New York and Ulster County. When they do, many of them are governed by New York State’s Labor Law.
At Basch & Keegan LLP, we have represented those injured on construction sites since 1987. Our Kingston labor law accident lawyers have over 100 years of combined experience and have obtained millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. We have extensive knowledge of all the laws pertaining to worksite safety and can be trusted to competently guide you through the entire process of recovering the money you are owed.
To speak to our experienced personal injury attorneys about your case, contact (845) 251-4545 today.
In an attempt to increase the safety of construction sites and prevent on-the-job injuries, the State Legislature established New York Labor Law. A majority of construction site accidents revolve around violations of three specific sections of New York Labor Law.
The three sections of the law that pertain to most cases we handle include:
New York Labor Law Section 200 – This section of the law sets forth that property owners and contractors shall ensure that their workplaces are reasonably safe, so as to protect the health and safety of employees. It includes the proper placing, operation, guarding, and lighting of all machinery and equipment on the construction site.
New York Labor Law Section 240 – Commonly referred to as the “Scaffold Law,” Section 240 states that owners and contractors must use scaffolding that provides proper protection for workers. There are several other types of height-related equipment that must also give adequate protection, including ladders, braces, ropes, blocks, hangers, irons, slings, and pulleys. In essence, the law protects workers from accidents caused by either falling from heights or getting struck by falling objects. All height-related accidents fall under a Strict Liability Statute, meaning that owners and contractors will bear total liability for workers injured in such accidents, even if the worker was partially at fault.
New York Labor Law Section 241 (6) – This provision creates liability for violation of New York State Industrial Code. In other words, if a worker’s injuries were caused by the contractor or owner’s violation of the rules that govern workplace safety, that worker is entitled to compensation. For example, if a worker received an eye injury because of a nail as a result of not wearing eye protection, the contractor or owner did not ensure that proper safety protocol was in place, and they can thereby be held liable.
If you have been injured on a construction site, contact Basch & Keegan LLP right away. We can perform a thorough investigation to gather all the necessary evidence to help you build a strong case for maximum compensation. If possible, immediately following the accident, be sure to report your injuries to your employer, take photographs of the accident scene, collect witness statements, and seek proper medical attention. This can significantly aid in the process of preparing your case for negotiation or litigation.
Call (845) 251-4545 to schedule a free consultation with our Kingston labor law accident attorneys.