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New York State Labor Laws Dealing With Construction Injuries and Safety
Being a construction worker is one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States and, specifically, in New York. According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, data shows that construction workers make up only five percent of New York city’s total workforce, but account for 27 percent of work-related injury fatalities. At the Kalra Law Firm, we carefully review all the laws that could have been violated at the time of the construction injury. The laws that protect construction workers while on the job, if followed properly would prevent most construction accidents and save billions of dollars in cost to the healthcare industry and the insurance industry.
If any of such laws are violated, an injured worker could bring a lawsuit against the parties responsible. This is different than Worker’s Compensation benefits which are very limited. Compensation in a lawsuit pays the injured construction worker lost wages, lost retirement/pension benefits, lost social security benefits, pain and suffering, both past and future medical expenses, lost fringe benefits such as health insurance, and union benefits.
There are three sections of New York state’s labor laws — sections 240, 241, and 200— that allow injured construction workers to seek damages in the event of a construction site accident. Violations of any of these laws can result in serious injuries, and violators can be held liable for those injuries.