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New York Construction Accidents Caused By Scaffold Failures

August 15, 2010

As a New York construction accident lawyer, I have handled numerous construction accident cases. New York Construction workers who suffer serious personal injuries in construction accidents involving scaffolds need aggressive and competent lawyers.

According to the Bureau of Labor there were 88 fatalities (wrongful deaths) in the 2007 from scaffold related accidents. Most of these construction accidents were preventable and violated OSHA. New York’s Labor Laws are a powerful source of protection for construction workers. Also OSHA standards provide numerous regulations that protect New York construction workers. Unfortunately many contractors in New York, ignore both OSHA’s regulations and the New York Labor Laws.

OSHA requires that all scaffolds and their supports be capable of supporting the load they are designed to carry with atleast a safety factor of 4. Wood used in scaffolds must be sound, straight-grained, free from cross grain, shakes and large, loose or dead knots. Metal scaffold members shall be maintained in good repair and free of corrosion. All vertical and horizontal members of scaffolds must be fastened together with a coupler or locking device which will form a positive connection. The failure of contractors to comply with these regulation and the failure of construction suppliers to provide adequate materials, causes numerous pump jack and polescaffold collapses.

Although Labor Law 240 often protects construction workers, OSHA standards can be used as a source of proof to show that a Labor Law violation occurred.

Michael Joseph, a New York construction accident lawyer has offices in New York City (Manhattan) and Westchester (White Plains). Every day, serious personal injuries and wrongful death happens on construction sites all over the New York metropolitan area including Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Rockland, Westchester, White Plains, Rye, Port Chester, Ossining, Yonkers, New Rochelle, Mamaroneck, Dobbs Ferry, Mount Kisco, Bedford, Bronxville, Hastings, Ardsley, Larchmont, Scarsdale, Braircliff, Mount Kisco, Elmsford, Greenburgh, Hartsdale, Mount Vernon and Long Island. Our New York construction accident lawyers stand ready to represent construction workers who have sustained serious personal injuries.

The Law Offices of Michael H. Joseph