Intent of the Law In New York City

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:

Falling Worker Cases

  • Where a construction worker falls from a height or elevated work surface
  • Unguarded or unprotected work surfaces endanger the workers on the site
  • A worker may slip and fall off a ladder that is not stable
  • A ladder with improper footing may slip and the entire ladder can collapse
  • A scissor lift with no side railings may allow a worker to fall down
  • A worker framing a high rise construction site with no life line or harness can fall down

Falling Object Cases

  • A crane lifting a heavy piece of construction equipment can have the cable snap allowing the equipment to freefall and injure workers down below
  • An excavator machine lifting rocks from a hole may drop some of those rocks onto other workers also laboring in the same area

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.

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