Protecting Workers’ Rights Across Upstate New York
New York recognizes the risks that construction workers live with every day on the job. Workers who work from heights experience significant risks. In order to protect lives and create safer workplaces, New York instituted Labor Law 240. This law offers great protections to people who work on scaffolds and ladders.
New York Labor Law 240(1) states in relevant part:
All contractors and owners and their agents, except owners of one- and two-family dwellings who contract for but do not direct or control the work, in the erection, demolition, repairing, altering, painting, cleaning or pointing of a building or structure shall furnish or erect, or cause to be furnished or erected for the performance of such labor, scaffolding, hoists, stays, ladders, slings, hangers, blocks, pulleys, braces, irons, ropes, and other devices which shall be so constructed, placed and operated as to give proper protection to a person so employed.N.Y. Lab. Law § 240(1)
In sum, this means that it is the general contractor’s, or owner’s, responsibility to provide appropriate equipment to guarantee your safety while working from heights. If you have been injured while working from a height, and you can show that your injuries were caused by the contractor’s or owner’s failure to provide appropriate equipment, the contractor or owner is liable. After such an injury, it is important to work with a law firm that has a full understanding of your rights under these and other New York labor laws.
We are the Law Offices of Sanford Rosenblum, P.C.. Based in Albany, our attorneys serve injured working men and women throughout the area. If you have suffered an injury while working on a scaffold or ladder, you have legal rights. Our Albany lawyers will use Labor Law 240 and other relevant laws to build your case.
Contact us to schedule your free initial consultation. If we accept your case, you will not pay any fees or expenses unless we help you get compensated for your injuries.