Construction work is one of the most dangerous occupations and falls on construction sites are common. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls are the leading cause of death on construction sites. In 2017 alone, there were 366 fatal falls. Injuries caused by falls can be some of the most serious injuries sustained at a construction site. Falls are preventable when proper safety precautions are taken by employers, contractors, and property owners.
Causes of Construction Site Falls
Falls on construction sites can be caused by a number of different factors, but they are commonly the result of an unsafe work site. Conditions that can lead to falls include:
- Improperly installed scaffolding
- Unprotected building sides
- Debris around the construction site
- Inadequate safety gear
- Inadequately maintained work areas
- Lack of proper safety training
- Exposed electricity
Contractors and property owners must ensure that their sites are a safe place to work. When they fail to do so and someone becomes injured, they can be held liable.
As a result of the serious risks associated with falls, New York has enacted laws to protect injured construction workers. Labor Law 240(1), better known as the Scaffold Law, offers protection to construction workers who have been injured by a fall from a height. The law places absolute liability on property owners and contractors for any injuries sustained by a worker who has fallen from a height.
Construction Site Falls at Ground Level
Falls can also occur at ground level as the result of debris, uneven surfaces, and other hazards. If a construction worker is injured in a fall at ground level, they may still bring a claim against a property owner or contractor. Under Labor Law 200 and Labor Law 241(6) owners and contractors are required to protect construction workers from any safety hazards.
Contact an Experienced New York Attorney
If you’ve been injured due to a fall on a construction site, you should have an experienced attorney evaluate your case. At Bonina & Bonina, P.C., we have over 50 years of experience helping injured New York construction workers. Contact us online or call us at 1-888-MEDLAW1 to schedule your free consultation. Home and hospital visits are available. Se habla español