Under New York law, construction contractors and landlords of property where construction is ongoing are required to maintain certain safety standards and follow safety laws.
New York Labor Section 200 states that contractors, owners and their agents have a general obligation to provide a safe work environment for workers.
Labor Law Section 240 deals with the use of scaffolding, ladders, scissor lifts, and other devices used by workers “in the erection, demolition, repairing, altering, painting, cleaning or pointing of a building or structure” but does not apply to routine maintenance such as changing a light bulb. Scaffolding must be properly secured with side safety rails. Scaffolding must also be constructed to bear certain weight requirements. Where a scaffold was not properly secured, erected, or outfitted, the general contractor, landlord and or their agent(s) are responsible as a matter of law.
Labor Law Section 241 (6) imposes safety rules on contractors, landlords and their agents who engage in construction, demolition or excavation work.
It is crucial to a full investigation immediately. Due to the nature of construction in a busy City, everything changes in a New York minute. Workers are moved to other sites. Some workers may be undocumented or illegal. An attorney must take photographs, send experts including construction safety specialists, and involve governmental agencies such as OSHA or the New York City Buildings Department among others.
Contact the New York Construction Accident Lawyers at Frekhtman & Associates, www.866attylaw.com or (866) ATTY LAW. Offices in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan.