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While safety is at a premium on construction sites and other work places in New York and New Jersey, accident injuries still occur. When they do, you could be out of work for an uncertain amount of time. Recovering can be inhibited by stressful concerns such as how you will pay for medical bills, pay your mortgage or rent, and care for your family’s needs.
State labor laws aim to correct workplace hazards through regulation and safety programs. In New York, the Division of Safety and Health is one of five divisions within the Worker Protection Bureau. In New Jersey, the Division of Public Safety and Occupational Safety and Health enforces workplace safety regulations and laws. Public entities, private contractors, labor organizations and trade associations all promote workplace safety and accident prevention.
For example, New York Labor Laws Sections 200, 240 and 241 provide specific protections such as:
- Section 200 – In all places, machinery and equipment is subject to placement and operation in a well-lit space to ensure the safety and well-being of the operators. The law requires “reasonable and adequate” protection of all employees and others who will be on the property. If a situation is too dangerous – including unsanitary conditions, fire threat, toxic exposure risk, or has hazardous exits – the commissioner may post signs and prohibit further work or occupancy until correction of the dangerous conditions is complete.
- Section 240 – Contractors and their agents in building construction, demolition, repair, cleaning, painting and other type of work that involves scaffolding, ladders, hangers, pulleys, braces, ropes and other devices to properly complete the work must give careful attention to properly protect the devices that will be more than 20 feet from the ground or swung from an overhead support with a rail, able to bear four times more than the safe maximum weight and secured from swaying from the building. Lack of due care may result in liability for the worker’s injury.
- Section 241 – Strict requirements spell out floor and elevator requirements when constructing or demolishing building or excavating land, setting forth “reasonable and adequate” protection and safety for workers and others lawfully on the property. For demolitions, contractors will need to determine if asbestos is present. A licensed asbestos contractor will need perform asbestos remediation.
Our attorneys have more than two decades of experience successfully filing claims on behalf of our clients involved in heavy and civil engineering, construction of buildings and other construction projects. We help everyone from specialty trade contractors, truckers and laborers to couriers and messengers. We have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts.
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Workplace safety amounts to more than a hard hat, protective eyewear, ear protection, gloves and work boots. While these five elements are must-haves on every construction site, along with Occupational Safety And Health Administration (OSHA) training, accidents resulting from faulty machinery, fatigue, substance abuse, improper training or even bad weather happen. Workers’ compensation may not cover all of your expenses.
Contact our team for assistance if you or a loved one has injuries from:
- Asbestos and other toxic chemical exposure
- Operating a crane and other heavy equipment
- Boiler operations
- Scaffolding or ladder falls
- Truck transportation
- Pipeline work
- Warehousing and storage accidents
This is just a short list of types of construction site accidents. Any on-the-job injury can be catastrophic for you and your family. Seek experienced legal help right away after a construction site accident.
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At Glugeth & Pierguidi, P.C., in New Jersey and New York, we understand the laws and we understand your need for compensation to get back on track as soon as possible. Getting the amount of compensation you need following a severe injury often requires intervention from an experienced construction site injury attorney.
Call us for a free consultation to discuss your legal options with attorneys who will aggressively fight for you. In New Jersey, call 201-721-8585; in New York, call 212-256-9255 or send us an email to initiate your free consultation. We are here for you any time, day or night.