Regular readers will recall that not long ago we shared the top 10 workplace safety violations, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. These violations far too often result in injuries to New York City construction workers and others.
When these injuries occur, employees can file for workers’ compensation or in some cases, the injured can with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney sue those responsible for damages and receive compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages and more.
One of the areas in which violations are most frequently cited by OSHA is scaffolding. It’s also one of the most dangerous areas for employers to skimp on mandated safety measures, equipment or worker training. As experienced construction workers know, sometimes accidents happen simply because a contractor is unwilling to make sure all employees know how to take proper precautions on scaffolding and around scaffolding. The result is that an inexperienced, untrained worker can be the cause of an accident involving serious injuries.
Fortunately, New York has arguably the best legal protection in scaffolding accidents. An attorney who has handled Scaffold Law cases can explain the law and the legal options available to those injured in a fall from scaffolding or while on scaffolding.
Of course, falls are one of the leading causes of construction site injuries, whether from scaffolding or other heights. Too often, employers cut corners on erection of guardrails and safety nets, or skimp on gear such as mandated harnesses that can prevent needless injuries.
Please click here to read more about OSHA’s list and to find out more about how an attorney can help those injured on the job.