NYC SCAFFOLDING ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
If you’ve sustained injuries due to a scaffolding accident at a construction site, you might be able to seek compensation for your damages.
Our scaffolding accident lawyers have successfully resolved suspension scaffold, mobile scaffold, baker scaffold, scissor lift, and pipe scaffold cases. If you need a qualified lawyer in New York, contact the Kalra Law Firm. We have offices near you in Queens, Bronx, and Long Island.
If you or someone you love has been injured while working on a scaffold, reach out to the Kalra Law Firm to discuss your options for compensation. Contact us today at 718-897-2211 to obtain a free consultation.
Worker injuries caused by falling from scaffolds are one of the most common types of accidents that occur on construction sites or work sites in New York. Construction workers must often utilize scaffolding in order to perform their work. When a worker falls from scaffolding, or when scaffolding collapses, it often causes them life-altering injuries.
A section of the New York Labor Law, known as the “Scaffolding Law,” allows injured workers to bring lawsuits against the party or parties responsible for their falls. The Labor Law Section 240 of New York protects construction workers who are injured while on scaffolds to help them pay for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other expenses. Under this code, building owners and general contractors are required to provide proper safety protections for all workers on site.
New York State has a statute that provides special legal protection to workers while working at heights. Two reasons for this are (1) the severity of the injuries that result from elevated falls, and (2) construction workers rely on the project owner, general contractor, construction/project manager, etc. to provide a safe working environment. They are primarily responsible to ensure that the elevated work location is safe. There are two main provisions of the labor law under which you might bring a lawsuit for a construction site accident: sections 240(1) and 241(6).
- Labor Law §240(1) also known as the “Scaffold Law.” This provision allows a worker to sue a third party for injuries he or she suffered while either, a) falling from a height or b) having something fall from a height onto them. This law places responsibility for your fall from a height on the third party if the third party failed to furnish proper, non-defective safety devices to guard against the risks. A third party can be the project owner, general contractor, or others. According to New York Labor Law 240, it is the responsibility of the third party to provide whatever safety lines, harnesses, guardrails, and other equipment are necessary to guarantee your safety while you are working at an elevation.
- Labor Law §241(6) is a provision that allows workers to sue the third party if there was some violation of safety regulations.
The law requires the following safety equipment:
- Crawling boards
- Portable stanchions
- Roofing brackets
- Safety gear
- Safety railings
Unfortunately, there have been cases in which an employer has failed to provide the legally required safety equipment or; the structure had been built improperly and failed to meet the state or federal sanctioned safety requirements. Employers who allow workers to perform their duties on unsafe scaffolding structures should be held accountable for the injuries sustained by a construction worker who falls.
Common Causes Of Scaffolding Accidents
Scaffolding accidents frequently result in severe falls, crush injuries, falling debris, and other harmful and risky outcomes. Regrettably, negligence plays a significant role in the majority of scaffolding accidents—meaning that most of these incidents could have been prevented.
Among the most widespread causes of scaffolding accidents are:
- Unstable or improperly assembled scaffolding, leading to collapses
- Falling debris, tools, equipment, and various other materials and objects
- Overloaded scaffolds
- Weak or unstable planking
- Absence of proper bracing or inadequate bracing
- Failure of attachment points
- Use of substandard materials or tools
- Disregard for safety rules and regulations
- Insufficient fall protection
- Inadequate training or supervision
- Defective materials and/or equipment
- Unsafe conditions, including adverse weather or poor weather conditions
- Slippery surfaces
- Negligent behavior of workers or supervisors
At the Kalra Law Firm, our focus is on uncovering the underlying cause of an accident to ascertain liability. This is a crucial element in pursuing a successful personal injury or wrongful death claim. However, if you sustained injuries while working on a construction site, you might be eligible for workers’ compensation. When filing such a claim, establishing liability isn’t necessary. Nonetheless, the benefits you receive will be restricted to covering medical expenses and wage replacement.
Speak with a NYC Scaffolding Accident Lawyer Today
NYC Construction Injury Lawyers from Kalra Law Firm have recuperated millions of dollars for our clients. The toll of serious injury can be tremendous on you and your loved ones. We have devoted ourselves to fighting for justice and to making sure you receive the compensation you deserve. With Law Offices in Queens, Long Island, Corona, and The Bronx We are ready to serve you today. Call us for a free consultation today (718) 897-2211.