The NY Labor Law was created by the Legislature with the intent to protect construction workers because construction work is very dangerous
Construction site project owners/ landlords and the general contractors overseeing the construction job know the serious dangers their workers face every day. Especially dangerous is any elevation related injury. Most typical construction accidents fall into one of two categories:
There are many types of accidents that can happen on a construction site. Injuries from construction accidents especially elevation related falls produce devastating life altering injuries including brain injuries, spinal cord injury, paralysis, and death.
Owners and general contractors have a duty under the law to protect workers from gravity related dangers. And this duty cannot be delegated to other companies or third parties. Owners and general contractors are absolutely liable as a matter of law by statute.