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Another year, another attack on New York's Scaffold Law

It seems like every year there is another group that tries to convince lawmakers to change, or even eliminate, New York's Scaffold Law - and this year is no different. Sadly, these proposed changes are rarely to the benefit of construction workers, the very people this law is supposed to protect.

Why New York City's scaffold law is so important

In this blog, we frequently discuss the many dangers that construction workers in New York City face on a daily basis. Among the most serious and prevalent dangers posed to construction workers are those associated with working atop scaffolding structures. Due to the fact that the vast majority of New York City's buildings are above two stories tall, scaffolding is frequently used by construction crews to carryout projects that require demolition, repair, erection, painting and cleaning.

We can help you after a scaffolding fall

The United States Department of Labor is clear on its Occupational Safety and Health Administration website: "Falls are the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry." Some New York City families of deceased construction workers know this truth all too well.

New York City's Scaffold Law protects workers

Big business interests have for years tried to undermine the federal government's Occupational Health and Safety Administration and Environmental Protection Agency. A local target by construction companies is New York's Scaffold Law. The goal is always the same, the opponents of safety regulations say: cut government red tape and save the taxpayers money.

Two city firms accused of faking construction safety inspections

They are normally hairdressers, day laborers, short-order cooks and musicians. But according to recently filed criminal charges, the people were hired by two New York City companies to pretend to be licensed construction site safety managers. The cooks, stylists and rockers allegedly forged signatures of real safety managers to make it appear as if sites had passed inspections.

New York City construction workers survive scaffold collapse

Two New York City construction workers found themselves dangling in their safety harnesses 12 stories in the air late last week. Witnesses stood and watched, hoping that the man would not plunge from the collapsed scaffolding at 57th Street and Lexington Avenue in Midtown.

Worker dies in scaffolding accident at a Midtown hotel

A construction worker fell approximately 80 feet to his death at a Midtown hotel on April 2.  The accident occurred at approximately 2:10 p.m. when the worker fell from scaffolding at 210 West 55th Street close to Broadway.

After surviving 47-story fall, construction worker moves on

On Dec. 7, 2007, two brothers were cleaning the windows of a Manhattan high rise when their scaffold broke. One brother died. The other brother survived a 47-story plunge to the ground in the scaffold. He survived, despite serious injuries. Doctors at the time were surprised that the man survived the scaffold accident. But he survived, and recovered well enough that he has even completed a 5K walk for charity.

Opponents reignite debate over New York Scaffold Law

Working on scaffolds places construction employees high above the ground and at risk of injuries and death from falls. Because of this danger, New York lawmakers have enacted special legal protections for people who work on scaffolding. But contractors, insurers and property owners have long said the law is unfair, and they are now waging a new campaign against the law.

Work dies in fall from scaffold at NYU

Could proper safety training have prevented a construction worker from dying in a fall at a New York University construction site? The 56-year-old man working for a construction company on a job site for façade repairs at a New York University building. He fell 70 feet onto the roof of a nearby building on a recent morning and died at Bellevue Hospital.

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