Scaffolding and Ladders
According to the United States Department of Labor, an estimated 2.3 million construction workers rely on the use of scaffolding to complete their work. Sadly, scaffolding-related accidents have also been attributed to nearly 4,500 injuries and more than 60 deaths annually. Most frequently, construction workers may slip while working, or the planks under the scaffolding can give in, causing dangerous falls. Our experienced personal injury attorneys at Leav & Steinberg LLP offer thorough legal counsel for construction workers and pedestrians injured after neglectful use of scaffolding and ladders.
Scaffolding and Ladder Accidents in New York
In New York City, construction sites with netting, ladders, and scaffolding—or sidewalk sheds as they are sometimes called—are a part of daily life. Their frequency, however, does not make them any less dangerous. If the scaffolding or ladder does not meet OSHA requirements for safety, it may put the construction workers and those walking underneath at higher risk for injury. Negligent acts could range from failure to provide adequate safety netting and harnesses to not properly securing the ladders or scaffolding. If a construction company uses damaged or defective equipment, including ladders with broken rungs or scaffolds without proper guardrails, then that company could be held responsible for negligence.
When to Call an Attorney
Under New York Labor Law Section 240, contractors and owners are responsible for providing adequate equipment and safety devices, including ladders, pulleys, ropes, and scaffolding, to properly protect all employees working on the site. Additionally, depending on the cause of the injury, other parties such as installation crews, inspectors, maintenance workers, and even the equipment manufacturer may be held liable. If you were injured on a construction site, contact an attorney as soon as possible to help document all details of the case, determine fault, and identify the responsible parties.
Let Leav & Steinberg Help You
Our attorneys at Leav & Steinberg have helped construction workers and laborers attain multi-million dollar results after sustaining injuries from ladder and scaffolding accidents in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and surrounding areas. While we do not guarantee the same results for every case, we promise to treat every client at our firm with compassion and thorough attention to detail. Our attorneys have a deep understanding of OSHA requirements and state and city regulations for the construction industry. Our experience with construction accidents includes crane injuries, malfunctioning tools, and exposure to hazardous materials. We offer multi-lingual services and can travel to you for your consultation. You will not be charged attorney fees until your case is won. Request your free consultation today.