Construction workers are employed in one of the most dangerous, but most important, jobs in the United States. Without the efforts of these men and women, there would be no skyscrapers, bridges or buildings. These workers risk their lives every day they are on the job.
While it may be impossible to keep these workers 100 percent safe, there are steps that their employers can take to increase their safety and reduce the likelihood of getting into a devastating or even fatal construction accident. New York construction workers are one of the few who are at least partially protected because of the strong Scaffold Safety Law.
The Effort to Water Down the Scaffold Safety Law Affects Innocent Lives
The effort to water down the Scaffold Safety Law is ongoing. Thankfully, New York lawmakers again declined to water down the law, at least for another year. Under the current Scaffold law, general contractors and owners are held strictly liable for a construction worker’s injuries if they fail to provide the appropriate safety measures that could have prevented a fall. While this may be a minute detail to the owner or general contractor, it can mean the difference between life and death for the workers.
One example is a former ironworker with 25 years of experience on the job before a 15-foot fall ended his career and nearly took his life. While he was regularly called from job to job because of his expertise, no level of skill could have protected him from harm when he was not provided with a safety harness or proper fall protection. According to the article posted on lohud.com, the Scaffold Safety Law has provided this innocent ironworker the ability to rebuild his life. While he got his day in court and can live without being forced to rely on the public dole, other injured workers in other States are not so lucky.
Listen to the Workers, Not the Lobbyists
The effort to water down the New York Scaffold Safety Law will not go away. Albany Legislators need to listen to the construction workers who risk their lives working on construction sites, and not to the lobbyists. The Scaffold Safety Law needs to remain strong to ensure the safety of these workers.
New York is the only state with a law that holds property owners and contractors liable for most “gravity-related” injuries to workers on construction sites. The bottom line is, that without the safety of this law, construction workers will only be left with owners and contractors who are more interested in cost savings or time-lines instead of being concerned with their workers’ safety.
Protecting the Rights of Injured Construction Workers
If you or a loved one has been injured or died in a construction site accident, you know how tragic the injuries can be. At Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C., we understand the ramifications that construction site accidents have on the lives of victims and the lives of their loved ones. In fact, senior partner and lead trial attorney Jeff S. Korek grew up in the construction industry and has first hand knowledge of the inhere dangers in this kind of work. Such experience enables us to aggressively fight to protect your rights and get you the compensation that you deserve.
We Can Help You If Your Are Injured
When you are injured in a construction site accident, you need to hire a New York construction injury attorney to protect your legal rights. The attorneys at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek P.C. have the necessary experience, knowledge and resources to aggressively fight to get you the full extent of monetary compensation that you deserve.
To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our New York construction injury attorneys, please call 1-800-529-9997.