There are many types of construction jobs that can be very dangerous. In fact, most construction jobs carry with them varying degrees of risk of personal harm. Certainly, the job of elevator mechanic is no exception to that. Whether you were working as an elevator mechanic or in some other construction job, you may be entitled to compensation if you were hurt at work. To learn more about how you may be able to go about seeking that compensation, talk to an experienced New York City construction accident attorney about your accident.
Miguel was an elevator mechanic who was hurt on the job. At the time of the accident, he was working on a commercial building project in Brooklyn. His duties involved entering a concrete crawl space underneath the freight elevator motor room. While doing his job, Miguel tripped while moving toward the space’s entrance/exit hatch. This caused the mechanic’s arm to become caught inside a pulley system that was part of the elevator. Since Miguel’s assistant had begun to operate the elevator, the trip caused Miguel’s arm to become caught in the pulley’s cable and inflicted substantial harm on Miguel.
The mechanic decided to file a lawsuit and seek compensation for his injuries. New York law has multiple different options for injured workers seeking compensation for the damages they’ve suffered on the job. One method is using a statute nicknamed the “Scaffold Law,” which is Section 240(1) of the Labor Law. That statute says that you may be entitled to bring a lawsuit and receive compensation if you were injured as a result of inadequate safety protections to shield you from “elevation-related risks.” These can relate to things falling on you or you falling off equipment, like scaffolds or ladders.