There are many different construction projects in process throughout New York. These projects vary greatly though. Some could be large projects constructing new buildings that are many stories high. Others could be restoration projects of much smaller buildings. However, despite the various types and sizes of the construction project, many involve working at high heights. In order to work at those heights workers usually utilize scaffolding and other equipment designed to allow them to reach the appropriate heights.
This equipment is necessary to work at the heights, but also can be dangerous if it is not erected properly or does not have the appropriate safety measures in place. To help ensure that construction accidents do not occur and workers are safe, Labor Law 240 puts that responsibility on the contractors and owners of the building to erect and provide their workers with the proper safety equipment. If they do not do this, they could be liable for any damages that the worker suffers from a fall.
Falls from heights can cause significant injuries to the workers. These injuries can also cause significant physical problems, which may require surgeries and long-term rehabilitation. In these situations, the medical bills can add up quickly for the injured worker. Also, given the severity of the injury there is a good chance that the worker will also miss time at work and lose income in addition to having to pay for expensive medical bills. That is why it is so important that the contractors are held responsible and required to pay for the damages.
Construction accidents do not happen every day in New York, but when they do the workers can suffer sever injuries. Many times workers are required to work at high heights and falls can cause long-term medical problems for the workers. The victims may be entitled to compensation though and the compensation under Labor Law 240 can include more than workers’ compensation may provide. Experienced attorneys understand the importance of the compensation and may be able to help one become whole again.