Construction in New York City is not like any other city in the United States. No other city has as many skyscrapers, bridges and other structures with so many workers building and renovating. As such, construction workers in NYC are more prone to getting into catastrophic and even fatal accidents because of failures to provide adequate safety for work at heights.
Despite the danger of working at construction sites, New York workers can depend on an important law known as the Scaffold Law, which makes it clear that protection from falls on work at heights is the responsibility of project owners and contractors. Although the law is intended to prevent accidents and assure financial compensation for injured workers, it continues to be topic for heated debate, especially with regard to driving insurance costs.
The “Sunshine Bill” Provides Clarity
A long-standing argument against the Scaffold Law is that it raises insurance rates in New York. Advocates of the Scaffold Law challenge these claims by forcing insurance companies to release claims data. The advocates joined forces to propose the “Sunshine Bill,” which was passed by the Assembly Insurance Committee on March 19th by 19 votes to 5. It will now move on to the Assembly Codes Committee.
The “Sunshine Bill” enacts the Construction Insurance Transparency Act of 2015, requiring liability insurance providers to file financial statements and claims data with the state’s superintendent of financial services. This data will finally provide facts, instead of unsubstantiated claims, about what is behind the cost of construction insurance premiums.
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.