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The Continued Debate Over New York’s Scaffold Law

It’s no secret that construction is one of the most inherently dangerous jobs in the United States. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that 1 in 10 construction site workers are injured every year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics figured this statistic to roughly 150,000 construction site accident injuries each year. The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, followed by struck by objects, electrocution and caught in-between. These are commonly known as construction’s “Fatal Four.” construction worker on a scaffold, symbolfoto for building, cons

New York construction workers are no exception to this real danger on construction sites. In fact, construction site accidents have increased more than 24 percent since 2014 due to the construction boom. Despite the many dangers New York construction workers face each day, they can be confident that the Scaffold Law will help them get the legal protection they deserve in the event of an accident. Despite critical protection for thousands of construction workers across New York, the Scaffold Law remains the topic of continued debate in Albany.

The Fight Over New York’s Scaffold Law

As the legislative session in Albany comes to an end, one battle that won’t end any time soon is the fight over whether to reform New York’s Scaffold Safety Law. As big businesses and their lobbyists continue to use New York’s political scandals as an excuse to rush through dangerous plans to weaken the Scaffold Law, these attempts continue to fall upon deaf ears.

The Scaffold Law Works

If you work atop scaffolding for a living, chances are that you want the Scaffold law to remain legally strong. Although construction remains as one of the most dangerous jobs in the country, New York continues to boast one of the nation’s six-lowest construction injury rates for the past decade. This is in part to due to the strong Scaffold Law.

Keeping the Scaffold Law strong is one of the most critical ways we can protect the individuals who risk their lives every day to build New York’s infrastructure. The law is imperative to defend because it holds employers responsible for any job-safety violations. It allows injured workers to sue the project owner for violations. This is important because other fines are not significant enough to be an incentive for employers to follow the law.

“My family worked in the construction industry and I know all too well the risks construction workers take every day on the job. The Scaffold law forces building owners and contractors to put their money where their mouth is,” says Senior Partner Jeff S. Korek. “When they have a stake in protecting all of their workers, it has a great effect on the safeguards and measures taken to protect those workers.”

We Can Help

If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction site accident, you need to hire an attorney who knows the law and can aggressively fight to get you the full extent of the compensation that you deserve. The New York construction accident attorneys at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. understand the ramifications that construction accidents have on victims. Senior partner and lead trial attorney Jeff S. Korek grew up in the construction industry and has first hand knowledge of the inherent dangers in this occupation. Our team is ready to fight for you and your family during this difficult time.

For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our New York construction accident attorneys, please call 1-800-529-9997.

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