According to the New York City Buildings Department, approximately 250
construction workers are injured annually while on the job, and another
5 to 20 are involved in fatal accidents. It is for this reason that lawmakers
in the state have enacted a number of labor laws to protect workers who
construct, demolish, excavate, renovate and/or repair buildings. These
laws not only aim to reduce the number of serious
construction accidents, but intend to provide injured workers with the level of compensation
that they deserve.
What is New York Labor Law Section 240?
New York Labor Law Section 240, which is also known as the "Scaffolding
Law," was designed to protect workers from falls and/or injuries from
falling objects. Instead of making it the workers' responsibility to maintain a safe
environment, this law states that construction companies, property owners,
and contractors will be liable for keeping their employees reasonably
safe—which starts by adhering to all applicable safety regulations.
What is New York Labor Law Section 241?
Labor Law Section 241, while similar to Section 240, focuses on the safety of a construction
site at ground-level. Also known as the "Safe Place to Work Law,"
this section outlines specific regulations about how the areas of a construction
site should be arranged, operated, and conducted. In doing so, it aims
to prevent serious threats to workers and injuries, such as:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Trip and fall accidents
- Chemical hazards
- Air contamination
Should a supervisory authority negligently or intentionally fail to abide
by these regulations, they could be held accountable. These labor laws
do not defer to negligence, but rather impose absolute liability on the
construction companies, property owners, and/or contractors who are responsible
for maintaining a safe work environment. This means that it would not
matter whether or not the injured worker had also acted negligently, unless
their actions were the sole cause of their injury
Has Your Employer Violated New York Labor Law Section 240 or 241? Call Us Today.
If you believe that your employer had violated New York Labor Law Section
240 or 241 at the time that you were injured, it is imperative that you
discuss your case with a New York construction accident lawyer from Lurie,
Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP as soon as possible. We will be able
to determine whether or not these laws would apply to your case and help
you to decide on a practical course of action—whether it includes filing a
workers' compensation claim or pursuing damages from your employer. All you have to do is contact
our firm today to get started.
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