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.