Construction workers have protection under state law. New York Labor Law Section 240 requires contractors, owners, and their agents to provide specific safety gear to employees working at higher elevations.
Third-party contractors (general contractors and subcontractors) are involved at most construction sites. When proper protective gear is not provided as required by law, injured workers may be entitled to recover compensation from the responsible third party if they can show that the third party knew or should have known about the safety violations occurring on the site.
Employees injured in construction site accidents are entitled to claim workers’ compensation benefits, but the amount of compensation can be sadly inadequate. It is important to have your case evaluated by a knowledgeable New York construction accident lawyer. If a responsible third party can be identified, you may be entitled to claim compensation well beyond your workers’ compensation benefits.