Construction workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. Every day, they put their lives on the line to build our homes, businesses, and infrastructure.
New York has enacted a Scaffold Safety Law to keep these workers safe. What is this law, and what does it mean for construction workers?
Ensuring safety on construction sites
As any construction worker knows, scaffolds are essential to many construction projects. They provide a safe and stable platform for workers to stand on while they perform their tasks. However, scaffolds can also be dangerous, and falls from scaffolds are a leading cause of injuries and fatalities in the construction industry.
The New York Scaffold Safety Law was enacted in 1885 in response to a series of construction accidents. The law requires property owners and contractors to provide safe working conditions. Under the law, they must ensure that scaffolds are properly constructed and maintained. They must also provide workers with safety training and equipment.
OSHA also works to protect construction workers. Their scaffold safety standards are designed to minimize the risk of scaffold-related accidents. Some specific requirements include ensuring that scaffolds are properly constructed and equipped with guardrails and toe boards, that workers are trained in scaffold safety, and that access to them is limited to authorized personnel.
However, accidents still happen, and construction workers can be seriously injured if they are not adequately protected. If you have been injured in a construction accident, it is important to seek experienced legal representation to help you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries.