Often, construction workers are required to work above ground using scaffolds, ladders, harness, and lanyard or other safety equipment. Construction workers are often required to work at an elevation and subject to a risk of falling a substantial distance. By law, contractors and developers are required to anticipate these risks and provide the worker with adequate safety equipment and training to avoid the risk of falls which can be potentially life altering or fatal.
If you have been seriously injured or have lost a loved one because of improper training on how to use a safety harness or you were provided one that was defective, our experienced Albany lawyers at the law firm of the Law Offices of Sanford Rosenblum, P.C. may be able to help you hold the responsible parties accountable. Contact us today or call 518-464-0444 to learn more during a free consultation.
The Law and Inadequate Construction Site Protection
Not only must safety equipment be provided to the construction worker, but developers and contractors are required to ensure that the equipment is properly erected and free of defects. Often workers are not provided with required safety harnesses. Additionally, a harness based fall arrest system requires anchor points which are accessible to the worker. Often times the work assignment may not provide for accessible harness/lanyard anchor points, and the worker is exposed to a fall risk in order to complete the work assignment.
This is important because contractors are required to provide the worker with fall protection devices which provide 100 percent fall protection. In New York, construction safety rules are even more stringent than those required by OSHA, which means if employers fail to meet these standards they can be liable when injury or death results.
More importantly, the issue of construction safety is a shared responsibility. This means you can sue the manufacturer of the defective safety harness, any contractor you do not directly work for, a subcontractor or an owner who failed to provide adequate equipment or training regarding how to use the systems correctly.
Seeking Justice for Faulty Safety Harness Victims
Our law firm will look closely at the accident scene in order to determine whether the appropriate laws and regulations were followed. We will work diligently to build a persuasive case on your behalf. Your injuries may prevent you from working for a long time, if ever again. We will compile the evidence to show the full extent of your medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering. Whether your case is eventually resolved in settlement negotiations or in trial, we will not rest until we have helped you achieve your goals.
If you have been seriously injured or have lost a loved one in a construction site fall because of lack of training or a defective safety harness, do not hesitate to contact us to schedule a free consultation with a dedicated Capital District attorney. You will not pay any fees or expenses unless we help you get compensated for your injuries.