Construction workers and those visiting construction projects for professional purposes are afforded SPECIAL PROTECTION under New York law (and some other states).
New York’s Labor Law is a wonderful statute which gives special rights to those while working on construction sites. Section 240 of the Labor Law pretty much guarantees that any worker “falling from a height” will collect money for his injuries. Section 241(6) provide that the owner of a building may be sued for violations of the intricate and complex laws of the State Industrial Code if those violations result in injury to a construction worker. Special laws in this field make the OWNERS and GENERAL CONTRACTORS liable for accidents caused by subcontractors.
Such cases also involve a separate and distinct claim for Workers’ Compensation benefits while the main case is pending. These cases are usually very serious and involve large claims since many workers can never return to work due to their injuries.
This office has many years of experience in representing union and non-union construction workers in cases involving injury suffered on the worksite.
Call for a free evaluation of a construction injury or the unfortunate death of a loved one at a construction site. 1-800-Now-Hurt. We will help you.
Construction Accident Statistics
- There are roughly 150,000 construction site accident injuries each year
- Workers between 25 and 34 years old are the most likely to be injured in a construction site accident.
- Most construction site injuries involve construction workers’ backs and spines.
- In 2005 that 1,224 construction workers died on the job over the course of one year, making the construction industry the most dangerous industry in the country.
- One in ten construction site workers are injured every year.
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that fall hazards are the leading cause of injury at construction sites.