We Advocate For Victims Of New York Construction Site Injuries
Construction workers are often seriously injured or even killed on the job. Site visitors, bystanders and passers-by can also be injured due to dangerous conditions on a work site.
There are many complex state and federal regulations governing construction site safety. In addition, the laws regarding injuries to construction workers and nonworkers injured on construction sites differ in important ways from the laws governing people injured on nonconstruction sites. This can make it difficult for those who were injured on a construction site to understand how they can get compensation for their injuries.
If you are suffering from a construction accident injury, you deserve legal representation to help you get the full and fair compensation you deserve. At Frost & Kavanaugh, we are committed to helping injured workers and bystanders seek and secure justice.
Special Dangers For Construction Workers
Every construction worker knows that construction is a dangerous occupation, even when everyone carefully follows every safety rule and regulation. If an employer, property owner, or another party involved in construction doesn’t follow safety regulations, the consequences for workers can be
Construction accidents can result in:
- Broken bones
- Spinal injuries
- Brain injuries
- Toxic chemical exposure
In addition, the highly physical nature of construction work makes it likely that injured workers may miss work if they are injured. This means construction workers often face a short-term or long-term loss of their livelihoods, in addition to mounting medical expenses. They may even be left permanently unable to work if they are severely injured or disabled in a construction accident.
Special Protection For New York Construction Workers
New York law provides exceptional protection to construction workers and nonworkers injured on a construction site. Article 10 of the Labor Law and Part 23 of the Rules of the Commissioner of the Department of Labor contains special provisions to protect workers and special laws to compensate them when they are injured.
The most commonly applicable laws are:
- New York Labor Law 240, also called the “Scaffold Law,” imposes additional requirements on contractors, owners, and agents to provide appropriate safety equipment to those involved in the “erection, demolition, repairing, altering, painting, cleaning, or pointing of a building or structure.” This equipment includes scaffolding, hoists, ladders, slings, blocks, pulleys, and other safety gear. In other words, almost every type of construction work, and every type of construction site, is covered.
- New York Labor Law 241, which covers building construction and demolition, requires that these worksites are constructed, equipped and operated so as to “provide reasonable and adequate protection and safety to the persons employed therein.” It also imposes specific safety requirements regarding things like flooring and elevator shafts.
- New York Labor Law § 200 requires that all construction site owners and general contractors – and their agents – use reasonable care to make the work area, as well as the areas on the property that led to and from that area, reasonably safe. This requires owners and contractors to correct any unsafe condition they created and any unsafe condition that they or their employees knew about. Owners and contractors must conduct reasonable inspections to detect and correct any unsafe conditions.
If you are injured on an unsafe construction site, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against the owner and the general contractor, even if you’re receiving workers’ compensation from your employer.
Nonworker Construction Accident Injuries
Workers aren’t the only ones who may be injured on or near a construction site. Site visitors, bystanders, pedestrians passing by, and even children can suffer construction site injuries. Our knowledgeable construction injury attorneys can help you understand how you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries as a nonworker injured on a construction site.
Consult With Frost & Kavanaugh
If you were injured on a construction site, you need legal representation. It is often difficult to understand what caused an accident and who can be held responsible under New York law. The laws governing construction site injuries are complicated, as are the federal and state worksite safety regulations.
At Frost & Kavanaugh, we have the experience to handle construction site injury cases, whether it involves a worker injury or an injury to a site visitor or bystander. We have handled several multi-million dollar construction site injury cases. We can review all the facts of your case and gather evidence to ensure you get the compensation you are due for your injuries.