Understanding The Basics Of New York's Scaffolding Law

Suffering an injury while working construction can be devastating, often leaving you unable to work and with significant injuries. Sadly, however, construction-related injuries continue to occur despite the fact that countless federal safety regulations and New York statutes exist to protect workers.

For example, New York's Scaffolding Law ― otherwise known as Section 240 of the New York Labor Code ― is designed to safeguard construction workers who must work at great heights, which is quite common in New York City. As its name suggests, this law's main goal is to protect workers from life-threatening scaffolding falls and other similar construction-related accidents, including falls from ladders.

Essentially, this law requires general contractors and property owners to provide workers with necessary and properly installed safety equipment when building, painting, renovating, repairing, demolishing or simply cleaning a building, including equipment such as:

  • Properly assembled scaffolding
  • Hoists, pulleys and harnesses
  • Ladders

Because of this law, construction companies and project owners are typically strictly liable when a worker suffers a fall-related construction accident ― meaning they are responsible for your injuries, no matter what.

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While New York's Scaffolding Law is quite comprehensive when it comes to the protection of construction workers, it is also important to remember that some limited exceptions to the law exist. Because every situation is different, it is always best to contact a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible.

At Keogh Crispi, we have the experience you need to get the compensation you deserve. Our lawyers will carefully investigate the circumstances of your fall and help develop a legal strategy designed to meet you goals and maximize your recovery.

Contact us 24 hours a day and schedule a FREE consultation. You can reach us at 212-518-2417, or email us. Our office is conveniently located just two blocks from Grand Central Station. If your injury prevents you from coming to our office, we can meet at the hospital or at your home.