New York has several laws designed to protect construction workers in this state. One of them is Section 240(1) of the Labor Law, and it is sometimes known as the “Scaffold Law.” This law is intended to protect workers from the risks associated with falls from significant height differentials. What size must a height differential be in order to entitle a worker to seek compensation? The answer is that it depends. In some cases, if an object is heavy enough, even very short distance falls can be enough to permit an injured worker to win his case. This variability is just a reminder that each case is unique, so, if you’ve been hurt at your construction job, make sure you retain an experienced New York construction accident attorney, who can help you determine how to pursue your rights under the law.

As an example of a short-distance case, an appeals court in 2015 allowed a worker to pursue compensation in a construction injury case in which the object that fell on him fell only 2½-3 feet. In that case, the pile of rails that hit the worker weighed roughly 1,500 pounds, so that meant that the rails could generate a substantial amount of force, even over a short distance.

That same principle came up in a very recent case, and it again allowed the injured worker to succeed. Omar and three co-workers were trying to transport a 500-pound steel I-beam from the top floor of an 18-story Manhattan building to the ground level. The relative size of the 12-foot beam and the small elevator forced the men to try to stand the beam on its end. During that process, the beam fell roughly half a foot onto Omar’s shoulder, injuring him.

New York has strong laws protecting construction workers working from heights, like those doing jobs while on scaffolds. In fact, one statute, Labor Law Section 240(1), is sometimes nicknamed the “Scaffold Law.” The law says that if you are working on a task that places you at risk of injury from falling from a height or being hit by a falling object, you must be provided with the proper equipment and gear that is “constructed, placed and operated” in a way to ensure that you are safe from falls and falling objects. If you aren’t, and you get hurt as a result, you may be entitled to compensation. To learn more about your options in the legal system, talk to an experienced New York construction accident attorney, who can help you discover more about your rights.

One example of this type of accident and a successful lawsuit was the case of José, a construction worker working in New York City. José was an employee of the general contractor working on a project in Queens when he was hurt. The worker was working on a scaffold when he fell, suffering substantial injuries.

When you’re injured at your construction job, one of the early important steps in your pursuit of compensation is deciding whom to sue. José decided to sue the general contractor and the property owner for the harm he suffered. New York law requires both general contractors and property owners to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure the safety of workers on the site, and the law also says that these two entities cannot delegate that obligation to anyone. This legal rule makes general contractors and site owners among the key individuals and entities an injured construction worker might pursue in his case.

When you work in construction, especially when your job involves the regular use of ladders, the risk of accidents and injuries is very real. You may be given a defective ladder, a ladder that has not been properly maintained, or the wrong type of ladder for the task assigned to you. Whether your fall from a ladder (and subsequent injuries) was a result of one of these problems or something else, you may be entitled to compensation. To find out more about your rights and your options, contact a knowledgeable New York construction accident attorney, who can help you select a course of action that works for you.

One recent example of a construction worker who suffered an accident involving a ladder was the case of Pedro. Pedro had a job, which he’d held since 2006, working in construction for an employer based in Brooklyn. In June 2012, Pedro was working on a high-rise condominium building in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. He was responsible for scraping the building’s ceilings. Like many construction work requirements, Pedro’s job required him to use a ladder.

While Pedro was doing his scraping work, the six-foot-tall, A-frame ladder upon which he was standing shifted to the left. This caused Pedro to lose his balance and fall to the ground. The worker suffered injuries in the fall.

In any civil lawsuit case, including construction injury cases, there are several components involved. There is the factual side, but there is also the procedural side. Having a strong case in all of these areas is important in order to achieve a successful result. Working with a knowledgeable New York construction accident attorney can help you ensure that your case is as strong as it can be in all areas.

One case in which these procedural rules played an important role in helping an injured worker was the lawsuit filed by Michael, a New York City construction worker. Michael was injured while working on the renovation of a women’s clothing store. Allegedly, his injury was a result of his tripping over a pile of debris left at the site by the general contractor. The pile contained a variety of things, including sheetrock, pipes, pieces of wire, coffee cups, soda cans, and pizza boxes.

Based on these events and the injuries he suffered, Michael decided to sue. Eventually, the trial court dismissed the case completely, eliminating the rest of the claim in the worker’s case.

When you are injured at your construction job, it is possible that there may be multiple different ways to achieve a successful result and get the compensation you deserve. This is especially true if your injury was a result of a fall at work. To make sure that you are taking maximum legal advantage of the facts of your injury to put together a successful case, be sure you retain a knowledgeable New York construction injury attorney.

A recent example of a successful case was the one filed by Antonio, a construction worker at the World Trade Center. On June 6, 2013, his job responsibilities included helping two iron workers lift a 200-pound float from the building’s roof to its antenna. The floor in that area was a metal grating with several openings that were covered by pieces of plywood. At one point, Antonio took a step onto a plywood covering, felt it shift, and then fell through the opening exposed by the shifted plywood.

Injured in the fall, Antonio sued. There are various legal options available to you as an injured construction worker in New York in order to obtain fair compensation for your harm. If you’ve been hurt as a result of a fall, there is one statutory section in particular, Section 240(1) of the New York Labor Law, that may be helpful to you. That law says that site owners and general contractors on a construction project have a legal obligation to ensure that all workers have the protections and safeguards needed to protect them from falling, or from things falling onto them.

There are several things you can do to strengthen your injury case and increase your chances of obtaining compensation for your injuries. One of these is to ensure that potentially harmful evidence that should not be part of your case is not allowed into evidence. A knowledgeable New York construction injury attorney can provide invaluable help in accomplishing this in your trial.

An example of a situation in which excluding evidence helped an injured man was the case of Javier. Javier was hired to do some painting work that required him to climb a ladder to paint a decoration on a sign that was attached to a deli. The deli owner provided Javier with an A-frame ladder. About 25 minutes into his job, Javier’s ladder shifted from side to side and fell, causing the painter to fall as well. Javier suffered a back injury, an ankle injury, and broken ribs. His injuries were serious enough that they required him to undergo surgery.

The ladder was the basis for Javier’s lawsuit and claim for compensation. The ladder was not secured, and, according to the painter’s legal arguments, this failure to secure the ladder led to Javier’s fall and injuries.

When you are injured at a construction job, you may be entitled to compensation through the New York court system. One way you can succeed and obtain an award of damages is if you can demonstrate that the safety conditions at your job site fell below the level required by New York’s state regulations. If you prove that and show that this safety failure caused your injuries, you have shown that the general contractor and site owner violated the New York Labor Law and are liable to you for the harm you suffered. An experienced New York construction accident attorney can help you pursue your case effectively.

The case of William, a worker on a building renovation job in Manhattan, serves as an example of this type of lawsuit. William was wearing a harness as a protective safety measure. While safety harnesses provide protection in a number of situations, William’s device indirectly was part of the problem for him when the harness touched an electrical wire. The injury-causing electrical accident happened because an exposed live wire within a BX cable (which is a collection of plastic-coated electrical wires surrounded by a metal covering) was hanging down from a drop ceiling and touched a metal part of the worker’s harness. The electrical accident caused substantial injuries to William.

New York has a set of statewide regulations that are known as the Industrial Code. Within that code are regulations that relate to workplace safety at construction jobs. One of those regulations requires the performance of an inspection to look for any live wires with which workers could come into contact. If there are any, warnings must be posted to protect workers. Another part of that regulation says that workers cannot be allowed to work near live wires unless they are provided with proper safety protections that will protect them against electrical shock and injury.

Working in construction carries with it many potential risks of injury. Construction workers frequently deal with powerful equipment and often are required to haul extremely heavy materials, sometimes even up and down stairs. The law says that construction workers are entitled to a safe workplace. When you are hurt because you didn’t get that required degree of safety, you may be entitled to financial compensation. If you have experienced an injury at your construction job, talk to a knowledgeable New York construction accident attorney to discuss the options available to you.

An example of how improper safety can lead to a serious worker injury was the case of Ron, a construction worker working on a renovation project in Manhattan. As part of his job, Ron was helping to haul a 600-pound steel I-beam down a staircase one day. As he went down the staircase with the beam, Ron fell and seriously injured his right foot.

The injured worker brought a lawsuit in New York County. Although he had to take his case to the Appellate Division, Ron was able to secure a favorable judgment in his construction injury case.

Working in the field of construction can be dangerous. There are many different ways that you can be injured on the job. However, the law also gives you multiple potential ways to seek compensation if you were hurt because you did not receive proper safety protection, were not working in a safe workplace, or were hurt due to a violation of safety regulations. With these many ways to pursue financial recovery, it is well worth your while to contact a knowledgeable New York construction accident attorney to discuss your case.

Sometimes, the law’s protections may be greater than you would normally think. Take, for example, the case of Luis, a construction worker whose job was delivering bundles of scaffolding materials. During one delivery to a group of workers on a sidewalk bridge, and after Luis removed two metal bands that secured two of the bundles, two other bands popped open. This caused the scaffolding frames inside those bands to fall over and hit Luis. With each bundle weighing between 2,500 and 3,000 pounds, the accident caused Luis to suffer significant injuries.

If you know only a bit about New York’s “Scaffold Law,” you might think that Luis’ case could be a difficult one to win. After all, Luis was not injured at the actual construction site but was hurt while delivering materials to a site. Additionally, Luis wasn’t hurt because he fell or because something fell on him from above.

New York’s laws designed to protect construction workers from inadequate safety conditions at work potentially offer very helpful options to those hurt on the job. In order to be able to benefit from these laws and their protections, though, you have to actually be working on a construction site when your injury takes place. Fortunately, several courts in New York have given a broad meaning to what qualifies as a construction site. A “construction site” can include not just the main location of construction but also off-site facilities where construction-related work takes place several miles away. Thus, if you’ve been hurt doing tasks related to your construction job, even if you were hurt off-site, you should reach out to an experienced New York construction accident attorney to discuss your case.

As an example of how broad the range of locations that can qualify is, there’s the case of Robert, an ironworker working on a job erecting a new building. The main site, where the new building was going up, was in Manhattan. The job, however, also involved cutting rebar, which was done at a different location several miles away in the Bronx. One day, while cutting rebar at the Bronx facility, Robert tripped over some debris, fell, and suffered injuries.

Robert sued. The contractor and the property owner asked the judge to throw out Robert’s case. Their argument was that, since the accident happened at the Bronx location, which they described as an “off-site temporary project facility,” that meant that Robert’s work cutting rebar didn’t qualify as construction work done at a construction site. Their argument was that they could only have been liable if Robert had gotten hurt at the Manhattan site.

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