What Safety Protections Should Construction Workers Have in New York?

Lever & Ecker, PLLC November 30, 2023 Construction Accidents

In most cases, construction accidents are the result of human negligence that could have been prevented with reasonable care. Unfortunately, the negligence of another party can quickly lead to serious injuries for the victims involved in the accident. In New York, there is certain protective safety equipment that should be provided to construction workers. While these protections may not be 100 percent effective in preventing an injury in the event of an accident, they can sometimes be the barrier that prevents a more serious, life-altering injury.

At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, our New York personal injury lawyers have over 65 years of combined experience representing victims as they seek justice after being injured in a construction accident. If you were injured in a construction accident and were not provided with the proper safety protections, you may have the right to file a personal injury claim to pursue the justice you deserve.

Do Construction Site Owners and Construction Managers Have an Obligation to Protect Workers?

Under New York’s Labor Laws, site owners, construction managers and contractors owe construction workers a certain level of protection and reasonable care to ensure that any risk factors that could cause an injury are prevented to the best of their abilities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extensive guidelines that dictate the personal protective equipment that employees must be provided at construction sites, including:

  • Hard hats and helmets
  • Goggles
  • Fall protection
  • Hearing protection
  • Boots
  • Training requirements 

If you are not provided this gear to which you are entitled and you suffer a resulting injury due, the offending parties may be subject to fines, and the construction site might even be shut down temporarily or permanently. There are several different categories of protection that construction workers should be provided. These categories include:

  • General safety and health provisions
  • Personal protective and life-saving equipment
  • Fall protection
  • Excavations

While there is no way to provide complete safety from all possible risks at a construction site, when the above protections are accounted for, workers stand a better chance of avoiding harm. If any of the above protections were not provided, and you suffered an injury while working on a construction site, the owner and/or construction manager may be found liable for your losses. 

Proving Liability After a Construction Accident Case

After a construction accident leaves you with injuries, it is important that you seek representation from a legal professional to aggressively pursue your personal injury claim. One of the most important steps in having a strong personal injury claim is to prove the liability of the at-fault party. 

If the owner or construction manager did not provide the proper protections necessary to keep you safe, they may be found liable for the losses you have suffered. To prove their liability, your lawyer will collect evidence of their wrongdoing, including through incident reports, photos/videos, medical records, witness statements and more. To begin your construction accident claim, contact a New York personal injury lawyer today.

Get Justice For Your Construction Accident Today

Our trusted personal injury lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC, are dedicated to pursuing construction accident claims to secure the significant compensation our clients deserve. We have over 65 years of combined experience working with injury victims in New York and are prepared to go to trial if necessary for your case.

To schedule a free consultation with one of our New York personal injury lawyers about your construction accident case, call (718) 933-3632 to reach our Bronx office or (914) 288-9191 for our White Plains office. You can also reach us by filling out our contact form.

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