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New York and scaffold injuries: the law is on the worker's side

New York is a bustling city that is endlessly under construction. Construction workers in any setting perform a dangerous job, but it is especially dangerous in New York given the tremendous heights of many of our buildings and the compact nature of the city. As a result, construction accidents and construction litigation is a major part of completing building projects in the city.

New York has a unique rule in relation to construction. Scaffolding, a critical tool to completing many construction projects, places workers at incredible heights. Without proper safety equipment, training and inspection, scaffolding can be very dangerous. That is why New York has the "Scaffold Law," which places absolute liability on contractors and work site owners if a scaffolding accident occurs.

What this means is that if a worker is injured as a result of a scaffolding accident, the defendant (i.e. the contractor or work site owners) is completely liable for the situation. As such, contractors and work site owners have railed against this law for decades, saying that it increases construction costs and places too much of a legal burden on them.

However, it is the workers who are placed in such a dangerous situation and it is the workers who would suffer tremendous pain and suffering, if not death, as a result of a scaffolding injury. That is why the law is in place: to protect the construction workers. Even with this law on the books, though, any injured construction worker should consult with an attorney to get his or her questions answered about their legal predicament.

Source: FindLaw, "Scaffold Injuries," Accessed April 6, 2017

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