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What Are Common Causes of Scaffolding Accidents in NYC?

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If you or a loved one were injured in a scaffolding accident in New York, it is in your best interest to consider your legal options. Continue reading and give our skilled legal team a call today to learn more about how we can help. Our dedicated New York City & Westchester County accident lawyer is on your side.

How do scaffolding accidents occur in New York?

Scaffolding accidents are almost always preventable, however, they still happen even more frequently than you may assume. In reality, they’re one of the most typical kinds of construction accidents. If you were newly hurt in a scaffolding accident, our firm can help you fight for the compensation you need to heal. Scaffolding accidents can occur for a number of different reasons. Only some of the most common causes of scaffolding accidents that we see include the following:

  • Unsafe scaffold design
  • Negligent scaffold manufacturing
  • Violations of OSHA guidelines
  • Lack of overhead protection
  • Malfunctioning brakes
  • Defective pulleys
  • Failing to properly secure scaffolds
  • Defective fall safety systems

What is Section 240 of the New York State Labor Law?

Section 240 of the New York State Labor Law mandates employers to supply workers with adequate safety measures, including scaffolding, pulleys, and ropes, to prevent serious injury. When employers fail to stick to Section 240 and construction workers are injured as a result of falls or falling objects, they have legal recourse available, and our legal team can help.

What steps should I take after an accident?

After being involved in a construction accident, you should do what you can to document the circumstances surrounding the incident. The first step you should take is to request an ambulance, especially if you’re critically injured. You should also make it a point to inform your supervisor either on the day of your accident or the very next day. If you are able, take photos of the dangerous conditions that caused your accident and make sure you keep copies of all medical documentation pertaining to your injuries. Ultimately, you should make it a point to hire the services of a knowledgeable and skilled construction accident lawyer who can help you fight for the full and fair compensation for which you are qualified.

How do construction accidents occur?

As you may know, there are a number of ways in which construction sites can pose very serious threats to workers. Just some of the most common causes and kinds of construction accidents we see include:

  • Burns (chemical and thermal)
  • Explosions
  • Trench cave-ins
  • Defective ladders
  • Building collapses
  • Defective power tools
  • Unsafe property conditions
  • Negligent supervisors
  • Defective safety equipment
  • Scaffolding accidents


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