Scaffold Accident & Ladder Falls

Our New York Construction and on the job injury lawyers are well versed in Labor Law 240, which is also known as the New York Ladder Law. Workplace accidents involving broken or defective Scaffolds and Ladders account for a large number of personal injury and death cases in New York. The New York Labor Law 240, protects workers involved in painting, power washing, repairs, construction, alteration, demolition, commercial cleaning, and window washing, among other activities who fall because of an inadequate ladder or scaffold.

In New York, whenever a worker has to be elevated there is a danger of a fall. Falls at work can have catastrophic and even fatal results. The saddest part is that most of these accidents are preventable and workers don?t need to suffer a personal injury for no reason. Several of the workers in New York City trades who work constantly with ladders and scaffolds are often placed at risk including electricians, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Mechanics (HVAC), Power Washers, Window Washers, Painters and laborers.

Our New York Ladder Law attorneys have the industrial experience and knowledge to uncover the cause of your ladder or scaffold accidents. Our New York ladder law attorneys have won hundreds of serious personal injury cases involving dangerous scaffolds and ladders. The New York ladder Law applies to ladders, scaffolds and even make shift devices such as planks, pump jack scaffolds, as well as any device used to elevate a worker. If you were injured while performing a repair, while doing construction painting, window washing, power washing or commercial cleaning, don?t just assume the accident was your fault. Under New York law, the owner of the property and the general contractor (for construction sites) is responsible to ensure that you have adequate ladders, planks and safe means to do your work.

Inadequate Ladders And Scaffolds

There are many reasons a ladder or scaffold can be dangerous. Of the many reasons a ladder or scaffold can be dangerous is that the Scaffold or Ladder is broken or improperly assembled. For example, a ladder can have a broken rung which causes it to bend under the workers? weight or it can be missing a rubber footing which causes it to be unsteady. Often scaffolds have wood or planks that are under specification and break under the weight of the worker and their materials. An overloaded scaffold with material, equipment and tools is also an accident waiting to happen. Often pump jack scaffolds use sub–standard or sub–grade wood, which collapse and cause serious personal injury and even death to the worker who was just trying to earn a paycheck. Our New York on the job accident lawyers have worked closely with wood experts to prove that the wood used was not sufficient for use as a supporting structure.

Unsecured Ladders And Scaffolds

Another common cause of work place accidents for construction workers, window washers, painters and commercial washers is an unsecured ladder or scaffold. These accidents occur when workers who perform work at heights of over ten feet often work on ladders which are not tied off, do not have hooks, which are not secured and are not being held by another worker or a securing device.

These common causes of worker personal injury are completely avoidable. Personal injury resulting from an improperly placed ladders, planks and scaffolds render the owner or general contractor liable to compensate the injured worker for his injuries.

Improper Placement

Often ladders are placed on slippery surfaces, or close to live wires resulting in electrical shocks. Also planks which are laid loose or placed on unsecured ladders are equally dangerous causes of accidents involving personal injury.

Our New York ladder accident lawyers have handled virtually every type of accident case involving a scaffold or ladder that can be brought and regularly appear in all of the New York City Metropolitan area Courts including Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester, Nassau and Rockland. We have successfully represented thousands of personal injury victims in accidents arising in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, White Plains, New Rochelle, Bronxville, Mamaroneck, Ossining, Valhalla, Port Chester, Yonkers, Hartsdale, Valhalla, Mount Vernon, Scarsdale, Rye, Tarrytown, Greenburgh and Elmsford.

Consultations for injured workers are always free in either our Manhattan or White Plains offices.

The Law Office of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC

Law Office of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC

The Law Office of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC has been helping injured victims recover compensation for their injuries for over a decade. Our attorneys are members of several prestigious organizations, including: 

  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • New York County Bar Association
  • Westchester County Bar Association

To request your free initial consultation with our team, call our New York City office at (212) 858-0503 or our White Plains office at (914) 574-8330. You can also request a case review online.

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