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New York State Labor Law 240 - Scaffolding and Other Devices

New York Scaffolding Accident | Lawsuit Attorney Lawyer

New York Scaffolding Accident | Lawsuit Attorney Lawyer

New York Scaffolding Accidents | Lawsuit Attorney Lawyer | New York Labor Laws, Section 240 of the New York Labor Law, injured in a scaffolding or ladder accident

Have you been injured in a scaffolding or ladder accident while working in New York? Section 240 of New York State's Labor Law - known as the "Scaffolding Law" - allows workers injured in falls from defective scaffolding, ladders and other equipment to file personal injury lawsuits against those responsible. New York's Scaffolding Law applies in cases were workers were not provided with appropriate equipment, or the equipment was defective. The New York Scaffolding Law covers injuries involving:

  • Scaffolding
  • Ladders
  • Hoists
  • Stays
  • Slings
  • Hangers
  • Pulleys
  • Irons
  • Ropes
  • Blocks
  • Braces
  • Any Similar Equipment
If you were injured in a fall from scaffolding or ladder in New York, you may be able to collect monetary damages for your injuries in addition to any workers' compensation benefits you receive. The New York personal injury lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP offer free legal evaluations to workers injured in scaffolding and ladder accidents. For more information on New York's Scaffolding Law, or for a free legal evaluation of your case, please contact Parker Waichman LLP today.

New York Scaffolding Law

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls are the leading cause of construction site fatalities. In most states, workers injured in scaffolding accidents can only file worker's compensation claims, and are legally barred from filing personal injury lawsuits against their employer. However, New York courts have held that Section 240 of the State Labor Law permits workers injured in falls the ability to bring civil actions against the contractor and the owner of the property responsible for the safety of the jobsite. Furthermore, courts have generally found that contractors and owners are strictly liable when a worker is injured or killed in a fall, which means the worker or their survivors are not required to prove negligence in order to receive compensation for their pain and suffering. The New York Scaffolding Law requires owners and general contractors to provide workers with proper safety equipment when working at elevations, regardless of the height of that elevation. The law covers owners, contractors and their agents involved with erecting, demolishing, repairing, altering, painting, cleaning or pointing of buildings or other structures. Depending on the circumstances of an accident, other parties may also be held liable for a worker's injuries, including the manufacturers of faulty equipment, architects, engineers, scaffolding companies, or suppliers. To collect damages in a New York scaffolding accident lawsuit, an injured worker must prove that the owner or contractor failed to provide the appropriate safety devices, or that the devices that were provided were defective, and that this was the chief reason for the accident.

Legal Help for Victims of New York Scaffolding Accidents

If you or a loved one were injured in a scaffolding or ladder accident in New York, you may have valuable legal rights. To learn more about New York's Scaffolding Law, and for a free legal evaluation of your scaffolding lawsuit claim, please fill out our online form, or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) today.

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