Construction and building repair sites are by their very nature places where safety issues are of
the utmost concern. Sometimes these work places are not as safe as they should or could be. For example, necessary safety equipment may not be provided or short cuts are ordered. Unfortunately, often workers like you must put up with such conditions or risk losing their jobs. Recognizing this, laws exist that provide workers with a special measure of protection beyond the site safety regulations of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration and State Labor Departments. These laws provide protections beyond ordinary principles of negligence.
At construction sites and during building repair work, the owner of the building or construction site
and the general contractor must provide a "safe place to work." If evidence can demonstrate that
a worker was injured at a worksite because of an "unsafe" condition, the worker may win a lawsuit.
In other words, a worker injured at a work site is not limited, in many instances, to worker's compensation relief. Help may also be available through the Courts. For those employed in the construction, remodeling or home building industries, a day's work is an economic necessity. Any accident that results in the loss of even a single day's pay can cause financial problems for the employee and his/her family.
There are special statutes to protect workers who fall from a ladder or scaffold or from an elevated work place; or are injured due to an unguarded or unprotected hole or opening; or injured by equipment not operated safely. There are also special laws designed to protect window washers,
as well as other workers, when it can be shown that a government regulation designed to protect
them at the work site was violated. The reasoning behind these special protections for construction workers is the belief that those in control of a work site have the economic power to provide safety. The responsibility extends to all entities involved in construction projects.
At the Law Offices of Bradley A. Sacks we have 25 years' worth of experience utilizing these special statutes to successfully represent numerous clients. Our firm welcomes the opportunity to discuss your situation and review the options available to you. This can be the first step to ensure that you receive all of the worker's compensation benefits due to you, while a lawsuit is being brought against responsible third parties. At the same time, we also work with insurance companies and other parties involved in your case to make sure all your needs are handled quickly, appropriately and with understanding.
Construction Site Accident: United States District Court, Southern District of New York
$44.7 million verdict for a union carpenter rendered paraplegic when an 800-pound concrete form to which he was anchored fell on him.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a construction work site accident or while making building repairs, contact us online, or telephone