Construction can be a dangerous job. From working with heavy equipment and scaffolding to falling debris, exposure to toxic substances, crane accidents, and more, accidents are common on construction sites. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in 2019, more than 20% of worker fatalities in private industry were from construction accidents. Luckily, New York has labor laws that allow construction workers to file suit if injured on the job.
Dangerous Construction Conditions
According to OSHA, the most common construction accidents include:
· Falling objects
· Crushing accidents
While the "fatal four," as the above accidents are dubbed, are responsible for the highest number of deaths on construction sites, serious injuries can happen as well. Serious injuries can result from crane accidents, scaffolding accidents, trench collapses, exposure to toxic substances, building collapses, ladder accidents, stress and repetitive injuries, construction zone accidents, and unsafe construction equipment.
New York Labor Laws
In New York, labor laws protect construction workers and those who traverse construction sites, such as firefighters and police who need to access a construction site as part of a job. These laws give workers the right to sue a construction company employer or contractor to receive full compensation for injuries resulting from negligence.
1. Labor Law 200
New York labor law section 200 states that all employers have a duty to protect their workers' health and safety. This section requires that all owners and contractors keep the property under their control reasonably safe for all workers.
2. Labor Law 240
Section 240, also known as the "scaffold law," includes regulations for using scaffolding and other equipment employees necessary on a construction job. The law requires employers and contractors to protect construction workers from injuries caused by falls from heights, falling objects, and other gravity-related injuries.
3. Labor Law 241
Section 241 covers construction, demolition, and excavation work, requiring employers to follow specific safety precautions. Sections 241 and 242 also allow the state to enforce the provisions of these labor laws.
If you're injured on a construction site, it's important to seek legal advice. You can't assume that your employer will "take care of you" when they may be facing significant liability. At Campson & Campson, we've been successfully litigating personal injury, including construction site injury cases, for many years. Give us a call at 212-302-1180 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.