Legal Protections for Injured Construction Workers
If you have been involved in a construction accident, you may be feeling frustrated and angry. You want to know what types of legal protections are available for injured construction workers. If you’ve been injured on a construction site, here is some information you will want to know.
Historically, New York State has provided special protections for people who are involved in the construction trade. Our labor law has two specific sections that are very important to us as attorneys and individuals who work in construction.
The first is labor law, section 240 subsection 1. Essentially, the statute says is that if you fall from a height by working in construction or if you are hit by an object that falls from height then the owner of the property and/or general contractor or some other company that may be involved in control of the area are responsible for the injury sustained by the construction worker.
In addition, we have labor law 241, subsection 6. Labor law 241, subsection 6 relies upon the regulations in New York State to determine whether an owner or general contractor is responsible. Essentially in those cases what we do is we look at how the individual was injured if it wasn’t from a height. And we’d look to see if they were injured because of a violation of a New York state regulation protecting workers.
If that is the case, then the injured construction worker again can be compensated and will be compensated for their injuries. What we often do in those cases is hire experts in the construction to come in and look at the scenario in which the individual was injured to determine whether they were injured because of the violation.
If you have been involved in a construction accident, contact the office of Andrews, Bernstein, Maranto & Nicotra to find out if you are eligible for compensation. We have decades of experience protecting the rights of injured construction workers throughout Western New York. Schedule a free consultation today.