Construction remains one of the nation’s most dangerous occupations. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, falls from heights account for approximately one-third of construction fatalities. From 2009 to 2011, more than 100 construction-related fatalities were reported in New York alone.
While New York construction workers face a real danger every day they go to work, they can be confident that if they are injured in an accident, the Scaffold Law will help them get the legal protection they deserve. However, the Scaffold Law remains the topic of many discussions in Albany.
The Fight Over New York’s Scaffold Law
For years, there has been a dispute over New York’s century-old Scaffold Law. As business and insurance company groups have joined forces to reform the law, an organized defense is underway by a group of unions and allies to keep it intact.
The opponents argue that the law drives up the cost of construction projects in New York. The push for a reform involves shifting the responsibility off of the developers and onto the workers to ensure a safe work environment. They further argue that insurance costs are crippling development and economic growth.
On the other hand, proponents to New York’s Scaffold Law want to keep the law intact. They argue that the law places responsibility where it belongs: on the people who need to ensure that their employees are provided with a safe work environment. The new coalition of pro-Scaffold advocates that have recently formed want to not only maintain the provision but also enhance its worker protections.
Injured Construction Workers Deserve Protection
If you or someone you know works in the construction industry, you may be familiar with the inherent dangers associated with the job. Workers face the daily possibility of catastrophic injury or even death from a work accident. The road to recovery can be long and expensive. The inability to work during the recovery process, or ever again for that matter, may leave the victim and their family financially strapped.
The Scaffold Law provides injured victims and their family members the legal protection they deserve. If the accident was the fault of the construction worker’s employer or the project owner, the victim may be able to seek financial compensation for their injuries.
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.