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Scaffolding Accidents

Scaffolding Accident Lawyers in New York City

Whether washing windows or doing construction jobs, scaffolding workers
are prone to falling from great heights. Safety harnesses and other precautions
should prevent serious injuries and deaths, but this is not always the
case. At Rubenstein & Rynecki, our attorneys protect workers’
rights and help them seek compensation under New York laws.

New York Scaffolding Law

Unlike other states, New York has its own law that legally protects construction
laborers who work on scaffolds, ladders and at heights where they are
prone to falls. Most workers only have recourse through workers compensation
and cannot sue. However, under the Scaffolding Law, injured workers can
sue property owners or contractors based on strict liability. The law
requires contractors, owners and their agents to be responsible for equipment,
such as hoists, scaffolds, ladders, ropes, stays, slings, hangers, pulleys,
etc. Courts hold them liable even when safety violations do not occur.
Workers can sue them for injuries sustained in a
construction accident. Workers’ families can sue them for
wrongful death.

Causes of Accidents

Scaffolding accidents can result from many causes. Two brothers, window
washers at the Hearst Tower in New York City, fell 47 stories in 2007
when their scaffolding structure gave way. One brother died and the other
sustained serious injuries. The surviving brother sued the company that
helped maintain the scaffolding equipment. Investigation revealed a faulty
compression device was attached to the hoist rope. Other causes of scaffolding
accidents include:

  • Falling objects
  • Insufficient ties
  • Faulty bracing
  • Defective foundations
  • Improper scaffolding construction or installation
  • Lack of proper maintenance
  • Insufficient guard railings or toe boards
  • Planking that cannot support the weight
  • Missing boards, base plates or unsecured planks

Scaffolding Accident Injuries

Workers who survive scaffolding accidents from extreme heights experience
numerous injuries, such as the following:

Recovering Compensation for Injured Workers Since 1972

Rubenstein & Rynecki and its predecessor firms have represented accident
victims since 1972. If you or a loved one has been hurt through a scaffolding,
construction or some other type of accident, you may be entitled to money
damages. Rubenstein & Rynecki may be able to help you.

No recovery, no fee.
Contact us today for a free consultation.

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