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New York Construction Labor Laws

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The recent collapse of a hotel under construction in New Orleans that caused 2 deaths and 19 injuries (with one still missing) brings to mind the importance of construction labor laws in our community of Brooklyn, New York and all throughout the NYC metro area.

Although the reason for the collapse is still under investigation, and the cause of the collapse is not yet known, it behooves us to remind everyone here of New York labor laws, and how they pertain to our local construction workers.

New York Construction Workers

Construction worker injuries and accidents at the workplace while engaged in the important job of updating existing buildings as well as the new construction of buildings to our city landscape is important for us all to consider. It’s easy to forget the monumental and dangerous tasks that these workers do in our midst on a day to day basis.

When a construction worker is injured on the job, workers’ compensation benefits do not completely compensate for damages incurred, such as loss of earnings and benefits, not to mention possible ongoing medical costs. When accidents occur, injured construction workers or their families should contact a knowledgeable construction accident lawyer to help ensure that they receive the full compensation and help they deserve for their injuries.

Labor Law of New York for construction workers

Labor Law 240(1) – Requires that contractors provide proper protection to workers who are engaged in the demolition, erection, altering, repairing, cleaning or painting of buildings or other structures who are using ladders, stays, hoists, scaffolds, ropes, irons, braces, slings, blocks, hangars, pulleys and other devices.

Also known as the ‘Scaffold Law’, it pertains mostly to workers who fall from heights, and also to debris that falls from an elevation.

Labor Law 240(1) – Liability is put on property owners and general contractors, and they can be liable – meaning that they are held liable regardless of fault when a worker is injured due to a fall or is struck by a falling object.

Labor Law 241(6) – Allows workers to sue property owners and general contractors if they were injured while performing construction, excavation or demolition.

Labor Law 200 – Allows workers to sue companies for their failure to provide reasonable and adequate protections to construction workers on a job site.

Any injury to a worker resulting from a construction accident is regrettable; sadly, sometimes they are tragic. If you or a loved one has been injured, or if a fatality has occurred during construction, please reach out for help.  Contact us online or call us at 718-407-4123 today. The Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates has been helping injured construction workers and their families get the compensation and justice they deserve for years and always offers a free consultation. Our labor law attorneys for construction workers serve the communities of Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, New York and New Jersey.


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