StolzenbergCortelli, LLP
Free Consultations  cta
Toll Free Number: 800-494-0889
Se Habla Español
View Our Practice Areas

Construction workers must know New York Labor Law Section 240

Whether you live in the heart of the city or in one of her nearby suburbs like White Plains, you know that New York is constantly under construction. In fact, there's a good chance that you or someone your know works in construction.

If your work takes you to a construction site in New York, then you need to know about New York Labor Law Section 240 (S240), and federal-level laws that S240 builds upon and exceeds.

Construction sites are always a potentially dangerous environment, but the dangers increase significantly in a dense city environment like New York, where much of the construction goes straight up rather than out.

At the federal level, construction workers enjoy a number of protections to ensure their safety and fair treatment if they become injured. S240 acknowledges these existing regulations and expands up on them, offering New York construction workers some of the broadest, far-reaching protections available in any state.

Federal scaffold protections

In broad strokes, any set of scaffolding used in construction must meet standards of capacity and maintenance set by The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Unsurprisingly, injuries involving workers falling from scaffolding or objects falling from scaffolding and striking workers make up a large portion of construction injury claims.

OSHA requires that each scaffold component have the capacity to hold more than four times the maximum suggested weight for the scaffolding structure. Similarly, suspension ropes used in conjunction with scaffolding must support over six times the maximum weight.

The agency also maintains standards for inspecting, assembling and dismantling scaffolding. Each step of the process should occur under the supervision of an individual with appropriate, competent knowledge of specific OSHA guidelines, typically a supervisor. In addition to this, harnesses and other safety gear should undergo inspection by a qualified responsible party before each use.

S240 goes well beyond OSHA requirements

Under S240, New York construction workers enjoy even wider protection. S240 places "absolute liability" on contractors and property owners for scaffolding-related injuries, especially if they do not take proper care to ensure the safety of their worksites.

It is also possible to place liability on a contractor or property owner if a worker is not employed by that party, or if the worker's own negligence was partially responsible for an injury.

In brief — if you suffer a scaffolding-related injury in New York, there is a high likelihood that a you can hold a contractor or property owner liable for the damages.

Fight for justice with a strong team

Even though the law leans in the favor of workers here, the scale of your compensation is never guaranteed. You should always consult with an experienced, skilled attorney with an in-depth knowledge of local and state laws to determine the best path toward justice after a worksite injury.

Proper legal guidance can help ensure that your rights remain secure as you seek fair treatment and look toward a bright future.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • $2.05 Million Settlement Mother of Two Struck and Killed by Motorist

    StolzenbergCortelli LLP recently resolved a heart breaking wrongful death action. The mother of two was struck and killed, while she crossed a roadway.

  • $1.1 Million Settlement StolzenbergCortelli LLP Settles Trip Over Nail Case

    Terrence and Howard settled a trip and fall case for $1,100,000. In this case, our client (a resident of Brooklyn) was a cleaning lady who was hired to clean the newsroom of the Wall Street Journal.

  • $750,000 Verdict Jane and John Doe v. Defendant Driver

    The names are redacted for privacy reasons. In this automobile accident case, the female plaintiff was injured and suffered seriously debilitating injuries.

  • $525,000 Settlement Injured When the Trailer upon which He was Standing Collapsed

    Our client was a teamster, working at a concrete plant in Westchester, when he was seriously injured. At the time, he was standing on a trailer, which is colloquially known as a "low boy", when the wooden slats upon which he was standing, collapsed.

  • $457,500 Settlement Car Accident Victim With Pre-Existing Neck Injury

    Settled a client's case for $457,500. The client suffered a significant cervical spine injury requiring a fusion surgery.He was t-boned by a car exiting Purdy's farmer and the Fish in Somers, New York.

  • $450,000 Settlement StolzenbergCortelli LLP Settles Construction Accident Case

    Howard Stolzenberg settled a case for $450,000 where a construction worker was forced to use an exterior fire escape ladder to access the top of the building all while carrying a one gallon bucket of paint. The worker fell and fractured his ankle.

  • $100,000 Settlement Teenager Hit From Behind

    We just settled a case for a young girl who was injured when she was struck from behind while waiting at a red light at an intersection near the entrance to the Saw Mill in Yonkers. She had hip and shoulder surgery.

Email Us For A Response

Discover The StolzenbergCortelli, LLP Advantage

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

StolzenbergCortelli, LLP
Phone: 800-494-0889 Fax: 914-361-4478

3 Convenient Office Locations

White Plains Office
305 Old Tarrytown Rd.
White Plains, NY 10603

Toll Free: 800-494-0889
Fax: 914-361-4478
White Plains Office Location

ROCKLAND
99 Main Street
Nyack, NY 10960

Toll Free: 800-494-0889
Fax: 914-361-4478
Map & Directions

NEW YORK CITY
26 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11242

Toll Free: 800-494-0889
Fax: 914-361-4478
Map & Directions

  • White Plains Bar
  • Rockland County Bar
  • NYSTLA