Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier is an NYC personal injury law firm. If you’ve been injured in an accident, our experienced NYC personal injury attorneys will work with you, one-on-one, to help you pursue compensation for damages incurred.
NYC Construction & Scaffold Attorneys
It seems the NYC construction industry is always on-the-go, and as New Yorkers ourselves, we owe it to the men and women who have built this city. Whether for domineering skyscrapers, residential homes, businesses, and more, the construction industry has become a much safer place to work; yet, construction and scaffolding is one of the most dangerous jobs out there.
If you’ve been injured in a construction or scaffolding accident, it is highly advised to contact an NYC construction & scaffolding attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled compensation for your injuries.
Regulations for Construction Companies
According to OSHA, there are about 2.3 million construction workers that use scaffolds across the United States. Out of these workers, scaffold accidents occur to about 4,500 American workers. Because of the many common problems with scaffolds, such as unstable footing, weak hardware, or loosely connected parts, there are many laws and regulations at federal, New York State, and NYC levels for construction companies to protect their employees.
For example, construction companies must provide guardrails, safety nets, and personal fall arrest systems, such as harnesses and lifelines. Furthermore, OSHA maintains strict guidelines for anti-fall safety systems. Any time a scaffold is improperly built, designed, or maintained, the scaffold exposes the worker to the possibility of falls that might result in:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Wrongful death
Labor Law Section 240 – “New York Scaffold Law”
In addition to many regulations regarding scaffold design and maintenance, New York State also furthers workers’ protections with the Labor Law Section 240 – “New York Scaffold Law.” This law essentially provides special protections to employees working at dangerous heights. According to the law, contractors, construction companies, and other employers must provide their employees with lifelines, guardrails, harnesses, and other safeguards. Failure to properly protect employees makes the employers liable for injuries and/or death.
How a Construction Attorney Can Help
From personal injury lawsuits to helping you pursue or negotiate worker’s compensation, our local, NYC injury lawyers are here to help. Not only do we boast an esteemed reputation in construction cases, but we also make your interests our top priority. As such, you’ll always be at the forefront of our legal strategy.
Call the NYC Construction Attorneys at Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier
If you were injured in a construction or scaffold accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, physical and emotional therapy, pain and suffering, and more. To learn about pursuing a personal injury lawsuit or workers’ compensation claim in NYC, contact the personal injury attorneys at Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier.
Our office is located right in Manhattan, but we’ll also represent individuals throughout New York City. Call us today at (212) 777-9400 for a free consultation.