Construction Site Falls

On average, 1,000 construction workers are killed on the job every year.  300 of those deaths are due to falls from a height.  There are many different ways for a construction worker to fall on a jobsite, including: 

  • falling off of a roof;
  • falling through a roof;
  • falling off of scaffolding;
  • falling off of a ladder;
  • falling out of a window;
  • falling off of a pole
  • falling out of a hoist or bucket;
  • falling off of a lift; and
  • falling into a hole.
New York State has special laws, known as “Labor Laws” that protect construction workers from injury or, if injured, that permit construction workers to recover from some or all of the people or companies that caused or contributed to their injury.  The specific provisions of the New York State Labor Law are: 
  • Section 200;
  • Section 240; and
  • Section 241(6).

Section 200 is a general provision that requires jobsite owners and contractors, and their agents, to provide a safe workplace for construction workers and lawful visitors, and imposes liability for injuries sustained at an unsafe workplace.  Section 240 is a specific provision concerning precautions that must be taken to prevent construction site falls, or falls from a height, and liability for fall-related injuries.  Section 241(6) is a specific provision concerning steps that must be taken to ensure compliance with the New York State Industrial Code, and liability for violations of the New York State Industrial Code.

The trial lawyers at Bottar Leone, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict cases involving construction site falls.  If you or a loved have been injured due to a fall from a height, you and your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering. 

To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Central New York construction site accident attorney, contact us now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at info@bottarleone.com.