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New York Scaffolding Law: What You Need to Know

Posted by Smiley & Smiley on Nov 15, 2018 2:56:11 PM

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), poor fall protection on construction sites and injuries from scaffolding rank 1 and 3 out of the 10 most cited job site standards violated during FY2017. The New York Scaffolding Law governs issues of liability when it comes to New York construction injuries from falls and falling objects. If you've experienced serious injury from a fall while working on a construction site, contact a New York personal injury lawyer without delay. 

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Understanding the New York Scaffolding Law

Section 240(1), Article 10 of New York Law protects the rights of construction workers injured in a fall or from a falling object. When equipment designed to reach heights of more than twenty feet off the ground fails, causing injury—or sometimes death—to a worker, several parties may be held responsible. These parties can include the general contractor, the project manager, and possibly the building owner. 

The New York Scaffolding Law apply to more than just scaffolding. Other devices listed under the law include:

  • Hoists
  • Stays
  • Ladders
  • Slings
  • Hangers
  • Blocks
  • Pulleys
  • Braces
  • Irons
  • Ropes

When it comes to scaffolding, the equipment used must be able to bear four times the weight required for workers and materials. Failure to use scaffolding that meets the weight requirements can cause falls resulting in serious and life-changing injuries.

Construction Site Accidents

From new construction to renovations, construction projects are a constant factor in New York City and throughout the state. If you're employed in the construction industry and you have experienced serious injury due to a fall or from a falling object, contact Smiley Law without delay. We're Smiley & Smiley, Attorneys at Law. Every day, we help New Yorkers seek the justice they deserve. Learn more about our results and let us help you by reaching out today. 

Topics: Construction Accidents, liability, falling-accident, construction-worker, workers-compensation

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