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Staten Island Construction Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured in a construction accident, contact a Staten Island construction accident lawyer to find out what your case could be worth.

The O’Connor Law Firm represents clients who have been injured in construction accidents in Staten Island, Brooklyn and throughout New York City.

Construction Accidents Involve Complex Laws

Construction work involves very dangerous tasks performed by electricians, carpenters, plumbers, pipefitters, ironworkers, masons, laborers and many other tradespeople. The construction industry has some of the highest rates of on-the-job accidents and injuries, which is why there are many special local, state and federal laws in place to protect this particular subset of workers. 

In fact, New York State has enacted laws known as Labor Law 200, 240 and 241 which put the responsibility to provide a safe place to work on the people in the best position to do so – the owners and contractors.

Staten Island Construction Accidents Cause Life-Threatening Injuries

Construction accidents can be devastating due to the extreme dangers of working with heavy machinery and extraordinary heights. Some examples of the types of accidents that occur frequently:

  • Scaffolding and crane collapses
  • Falls from ladders, scaffolding or heights
  • Hoist accidents
  • Injuries from falling objects
  • Electrocutions and explosions
  • Heavy machinery accidents
  • Slip-and-falls and trip-and-falls
  • Industrial code violations
  • Unsafe worksites

This is just a partial list of the types of accidents that occur on construction sites as each worksite may have different dangers. Every construction site accident has the potential to cause serious and sometimes catastrophic injuries. Some of these injuries include:

If you were injured in a construction accident, it can be overwhelming. On top of the physical pain, there may be anxiety and stress in not knowing whether you will return to work, how you will pay your medical bills, and how you will support yourself and your family. 

If you or a loved one have been injured in a construction accident, call us today at 718-948-3500 to schedule your free case evaluation. We know that traveling to our offices may be difficult after suffering serious injuries. We are willing meet you at the hospital, in your home or other convenient locations.

New York Labor Law Statutes

Labor Law §200

New York Labor Law §200 follows the common law duty of reasonable care to all workers on a jobsite. Labor Law §200 covers workers who sustained injuries as a result of either a dangerous condition on a worksite or by the dangerous means and methods of the performance of someone’s work.

Labor Law §240(1)

New York Labor Law §240 is also known as the “Scaffold Law” and is part of the laws of New York that recognize the unique dangers of working at heights or with equipment and objects that need to be hoisted or secured high in the air. The law only covers specific types of work defined as “enumerated activities” such as demolition, repairing, painting and alteration of structures and buildings.

Due to the often catastrophic nature of injuries when a construction worker falls from a height or an object falls on a worker from a height or other “gravity-related” injuries, the law will hold owners and contractors “strictly liable” for a worker’s injuries when the statute is violated and the violation is a proximate cause of the worker’s accident.

It is important to note that not every fall from a ladder or scaffold results in a Labor Law §240(1) violation. The goal is to make sure workers are safe by forcing owners and contractors to provide safe workplaces, including the appropriate devices and equipment for the jobs that workers are required to do.

Labor Law §241(6)

Labor Law §241(6) is intended to enhance the safety precautions at construction sites by requiring compliance with the New York Industrial Code. The Code requires specifications for the activity being performed and the type of equipment that must be used during the activity, including personal protective equipment such as eye protection.
If there is a violation of a provision that requires a concrete and specific positive command and that violation causes an injury, the owner or contractor will be held responsible for the worker’s injuries.

Unlike Labor Law §240(1) where there can be no comparative fault on the worker, under Labor Law §241(6) if a worker was also at fault in causing the accident, any recovery will be reduced by the percentage of the worker’s fault.

Call a Staten Island Construction Accident Lawyer To Get Help Now

If you or a loved one have been injured in a construction accident, call us today at 718-948-3500 to schedule your free case evaluation. The O’Connor Law Firm will provide answers to your construction accident questions and discuss your legal options.

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