Experienced Bronx Scaffold Injury Attorneys
Representing victims of construction accidents and scaffold injuries
Shapiro Law Offices, PLLC has an appreciation and compassion for construction workers who are seriously injured or killed in scaffold accidents. These hard-working people are exposed to significant height-related dangers and hazards, while often not being provided with adequate safety devices. As a result, serious injuries (and/or death) and significant economic losses often occur.
Each year, an estimated 5,000 construction workers and window washers are injured and/or killed due to scaffold accidents. These accidents generally occur as a result of inadequate safety devices provided at work sites. Scaffold accidents include:
- collapsing scaffolds
- falls from scaffolds
- malfunctioning scaffolds
- falling objects
The various types of scaffolds used by construction workers and window washers, all of which have contributed to serious accidents, include:
- suspended (swing stage) scaffolds
- single pole scaffolds
- independent scaffolds
- bird cage scaffolds
- tower scaffolds
- mobile scaffolds
- hung scaffolds
- special scaffolds
- cantilever scaffolds
- hanging bracket scaffolds
- spur scaffolds
- motorized scaffolds
New York State Labor Law section 240 and New York State Labor Law section 241 require adequate safety devices be provided to ensure that construction workers are not injured in scaffold accidents. The laws place a duty on property owners, general contractors and their agents to provide proper protection for workers using scaffolds at work sites.
Pursuant to Labor Law section 240 (often referred to as the “scaffold law”), property owners, general contractors and their agents are fully responsible for most scaffolding accidents – even where the injured worker was partially at fault. Labor Law section 240 was enacted to hold the responsible parties “strictly liable” for all such height-related construction accidents, in an effort to ensure that serious efforts are made to provide scaffold workers with adequate and proper safety equipment.
The New York State Industrial Code also sets forth strict requirements for safety in the workplace. A violation of any such NYS Industrial Code provision serves as the basis for a claim against property owners, general contractors and their agents under Labor Law section 241. Further, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also provides stringent rules and regulations for owners and their agents to supply proper safety devices and a safe workplace.
This area of the law is highly technical and very elaborate, requiring attorneys with special expertise in this field. Jason Shapiro, founder of Shapiro Law Offices, PLLC, discusses in depth the intricacies involved in properly handling scaffold accident cases in his textbook, The Lawyers' Guide to Personal Injury Law. Shapiro Law Offices, PLLC has shown its dedication and level of expertise in this area by collecting numerous multi-million dollar awards for victims of scaffold accidents.