Bronx Construction Accident Attorney Helping Victims of Scaffold Accidents
Construction workers face one of the highest rates of workplace injuries and fatal accidents, and falls from ladders and scaffolds lead the construction industry in worker deaths. Scaffold accidents include more than just falls; workers are also injured from being struck by falling scaffolding or objects falling off scaffolds, getting caught in or between scaffolding, being electrocuted, and getting crushed in scaffold collapses. These accidents would not happen if workers were provided with a safe workplace and appropriate safety equipment as required by New York labor laws. I am attorney Kevin Kohn, and I help injured construction workers injured in scaffold accidents in the Bronx recover compensation from the responsible contractors and property owners.
New York’s Scaffold Law Requires Workers be Given Proper Safety Gear
New York Labor Laws such as section 240(1), the “Scaffold Law”; section 241(6), the “Safe Place to Work Law”; and section 240 (negligence); require property owners, contractors and employers of construction workers to provide adequate safety protection to prevent construction accidents at the worksite. The Scaffold Law applies to any gravity-related accidents, such as a fall from heights. Employers are required to provide workers working at a height with personal fall arrest systems such as harnesses, to erect guardrails on scaffolds, or to take whatever safety measure is appropriate to the situation. Contractors should train workers on safety requirements for working on and around scaffolds, and a responsible person should inspect the scaffold for safety before the start of each shift.
Employers in violation of the scaffold law are absolutely liable to the injured worker for their medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other legal damages. As the injury victim, you only have to prove the injury and its cause; whether the employer was negligent or not is immaterial. A violation of the scaffold law in and of itself is a breach of the duty owed to the worker.
The Kohn Law Firm can help if you have been injured in any fall from height involving a ladder or scaffold, or any other gravity-related accident on a Bronx construction site. Typical causes of scaffold accidents include:
- Workers are not provided with personal fall arrest systems or other fall protection
- Guardrails are not installed on scaffolds
- Footings are uneven
- Platforms are not fully decked or planked
- Platforms and walkways are too narrow or cluttered
- The scaffolding chosen is not adequate to support the intended load
- Scaffolds are not appropriately tied or braced to prevent collapse
- Scaffolds are erected or dismantled by untrained or incompetent workers
We Are Here for You after a Bronx Scaffold Collapse or Construction Accident
Let our experienced and dedicated construction accident lawyers help you get the care and compensation you need after a serious scaffold accident at a Bronx construction site. Call the Kohn Law Firm at 718-409-1200 or contact us online to schedule a free, confidential consultation.