New York Scaffolding Accident Lawyer
Falling objects in construction zones often result in serious head trauma or back injuries that require months of rehabilitation and surgery. Too often, basic safety violations are responsible and can involve improperly secured scaffolding, unmarked restricted areas, or lack of netting to catch objects which are dropped from above.
At the law office of Tolmage, Peskin, Harris & Falick, our New York scaffolding accident attorneys represent construction workers, pedestrians, and others who have been injured due to falling objects or unsafe scaffolding in a construction zone. In New York City, falling plates of glass, tools, bolts, and other objects is a real hazard that has grown in recent years. When handling a claim for a construction accident, our lawyers work with accident investigators and safety experts to review construction zone layouts, window installation, girder construction and how scaffolds were constructed and secured. We identify safety violations and improper construction techniques that can result in innocent workers or passersby being hurt by falling debris, tools or other objects.
NY City Falling Object Injury Attorney
If you have been injured due to falling objects at a construction site, contact the law office of Tolmage, Peskin, Harris & Falick page today and schedule a free consultation.
Injuries Caused by Falling Objects and Faulty Scaffolding at Construction Sites in New York
The New York scaffolding accident law office of Tolmage, Peskin, Harris & Falick represents people suffering from the following kinds of injuries caused by falling debris, falling objects or faulty scaffolding in a construction zone:
- Brain damage
- Severe concussion
- Crushed vertebrae
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken shoulder
- Back injury
- Crushed foot
- Severe lacerations
Holding Property Owners and Contractors Responsible for Work Injuries Under New York Law
Under New York statutes, construction companies, contractors and property owners are required to adhere to certain safety requirements on construction sites. New York Labor Section 200 imposes a general duty on contractors, owners and their agents to provide a safe workplace for workers and lawful visitors on a construction site. Section 241 (6) imposes safety obligations on contractors, owners and their agents involved in construction, demolition or excavation work.
Injury and Death Caused by Improperly Erected Scaffolding
Section 240 governs the use of scaffolding and other devices for use by employees, "in the erection, demolition, repairing, altering, painting, cleaning or pointing of a building or structure" but does not apply to routine maintenance. Scaffolding which is more than 20 feet from the floor must be properly secured with a safety rail that allows for the delivery of materials. In cases where clear evidence and eyewitness testimony indicates a scaffold was not properly secured or outfitted, the contractor, owner or agent is responsible is liable for injuries that result.
Contact a NYC Scaffold Accident Injury Attorney at Tolmage, Peskin, Harris & Falick
It's important to begin the investigation of a construction accident involving falling objects as soon as possible. Too often, evidence disappears, workers are moved to other job sites, and key information is lost. Our attorneys can begin the investigative process immediately to secure information, take photos, and involve government investigators if necessary.
To schedule a free consultation to learn how we can help you, contact the NY City scaffold accident injury lawyers at Tolmage, Peskin, Harris & Falick today.