Of the many accidents that take place in construction sites each year,
those involving scaffolding are among the most frequent. In fact, more
than 9,750 of the 500,000 injuries that are suffered on construction sites
each year are related to scaffolding accidents. Employers in our state
are required to provide proper safety training for scaffold workers, as
well proper scaffolds themselves, with safety measures such as railings in place.
Unfortunately, these employers do not always abide by labor laws that require
such provisions, and this often results in scaffolding accidents that
involve planking or other supports giving way, employees slipping and
falling, or employees being struck by
If you or a loved one has suffered from a scaffolding accident,
contact the team of New York City construction accident lawyers today!
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Understanding OSHA's Safety Requirements
The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is a government
entity that has imposed a number of rules and regulations on the construction
industry. By implementing specific guidelines for the construction, maintenance
and use of scaffolds, they are hoping to limit the number of related injuries
and deaths that occur on construction sites each year. Unfortunately,
those responsible for maintaining safe jobsites do not always follow these
regulations—thus resulting in a number of preventable accidents.
These guidelines have been put into place to keep workers safe, however,
so it is important for everyone to at least be aware of what they are.
Some of the most important include:
1926.451(a)(1) – All scaffolds and scaffold components must be capable of supporting its
own weight, as well as at least four times the maximum intended load.
1926.451(a)(4) – All suspension ropes used on scaffolds must be capable of supporting, without
failure, at least six times to the maximum intended load.
1926.451(a)(6) – All scaffolds must be designed by a qualified person, as well as constructed
and loaded in accordance with the specified design.
1926.451(a)(2) – All connections to roofs and floors, and counterweights used to balance
a scaffold, must be capable of resisting at least four times the tipping point.
1926.451(a)(5) – All scaffolds' stall load must not exceed three times its
If you have been involved in a scaffolding accident in which your employer
has failed to follow the guidelines implemented by OSHA, you should not
hesitate to contact a New York City construction accident lawyer from
Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP as soon as possible. If you
are interested in reviewing a more comprehensive list of safety and health
regulations regarding construction scaffolding, however, we encourage
you to visit the Occupational Safety & Health Administration's
Who is responsible for my injuries?
New York labor laws have strict requirements that delineate the safety measures that must
be in place when scaffolding is used, but these requirements are not always
met by site owners or construction managers. When proper safety equipment
and procedures are not in place, accidents occur, causing countless injuries
and deaths every year. Common injuries include broken legs, arms, back,
and neck, internal injuries, brain trauma, and coma.
If you have been hurt in a scaffolding fall due to the
negligence or carelessness of those in charge of a construction site, contact a personal
injury attorney today. The project owner or manager, contractor, subcontractor,
or construction manager may all be responsible for the injuries you have
sustained, and if so, an attorney can fight for substantial compensation
from all parties that will allow you to fully cover the expenses related
to your injuries.
Seeking Compensation after a New York City Scaffolding Accident
New York labor laws are both very specific and very strict when it comes
to the inalienable rights of construction workers. The onus is on construction
employers to provide the safest environment possible for their employees,
and if they fail to do so, it is often their responsibility to ensure
that accident victims are recompensed for their pain and suffering.
It is important that you seek the help of an attorney to assert your rights
in your construction accident case, so that you can increase the likelihood
of an outcome that is in your favor. We at Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell
& Ryan LLP have been representing personal injury victims for over
5 decades, and we have had much experience assisting those injured in
We understand that construction, as a profession, is dangerous enough without
having to worry about the negligence of contractors, project managers,
or equipment vendors. When someone suffers injury on a construction site
due to negligence, they are entitled to the maximum compensation allowed
by law, so that they are able to cover the full cost of the damages they
Contact a NYC construction accident attorney if you have been hurt while working on scaffolding, and we will be diligent
in establishing fault so that we can more effectively fight for the compensation