Scaffolding Collapse & Accidents in New York, NY

Were You Injured in a Scaffolding Accident?

At David Resnick & Associates, P.C., we represent workers injured on construction sites in New York City, including ManhattanQueensStaten IslandBrooklyn, and the Bronx. Many of our clients have been seriously hurt in scaffolding collapse accidents – so we know how severe the resulting injuries can be to both victims and their families.

Scaffolding accidents are unfortunately too common on NYC construction sites – and they cause many of the construction industry’s work-related fatalities. This is in part due to the dangerous nature of working on a scaffold, which is not always the most stable of structures and must be carefully constructed to avoid collapse or other accidents.

Scaffold Accidents

NYCOSH cites falls as the greatest safety hazard for construction workers, and falling off a ladder is one of the most common types of manufacturing and construction accidents.

Workers fall from ladders of all kinds: step ladders, extension ladders with rubber or metal feet, rolling safety ladders, and platform steps. Each type of ladder has its own safety measures, and the measures must be followed.

The three different types of scaffolds typically used on a construction site are:

  • Supported scaffolds
  • Suspended scaffolds
  • Hoists

Accidents can occur on any of the scaffolding types, but the height above ground can contribute to the danger when a worker falls from scaffolding, or the scaffold collapses.

Common scaffolding injuries include:

NYC Scaffolding Law & Injury Compensation

The Scaffold Safety Law (240) requires property owners and contractors to provide safe and appropriate equipment, including personal fall-arrest systems for anyone working at heights. Under the law, ladders on a New York construction site must be braced, tied down or secured before a worker can climb up or down or work from them. An unsecured ladder is a tragedy waiting to happen.

Although workers’ compensation benefits may provide help to injured New York workers, the severe nature of scaffolding accidents, and the resulting injuries, often means that workers’ compensation isn’t enough. The law prohibits employees from suing their employers in a New York scaffolding injury lawsuit – however, there is often more than one responsible party when a construction accident occurs.

The company that supplied the scaffold or materials/equipment used in conjunction with the scaffold that contributed to the accident may be held liable. Other manufacturers or contractors may also have played a role. Scaffolding accident claims are rarely simple – because there are so many factors involved – so it’s essential to work with experienced construction accident lawyers at David Resnick & Associates, P.C.

Our New York scaffolding accident attorneys can evaluate your situation and determine if you have a case against a third party that is not your employer. Scaffolding accident claims can result in payment of compensation for your injuries that includes:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Additional wage loss benefits beyond what workers’ compensation will pay
  • Medical bills
  • Loss of relationship – This assigns a monetary cost to the activities and services you can no longer provide to your immediate family due to your injuries.

Contact Our New York City Scaffolding Accident Attorneys Today

If you have been injured in a New York City scaffolding accident while on the job, please contact David Resnick & Associates, P.C. Even if you are already receiving benefits, it may be to your advantage to consult an experienced New York City construction accident attorney to ensure that you are receiving the maximum benefits available under the law.  We have worked with many victims of on-the-job accidents in New York City.

At David Resnick & Associates, P.C., we offer a free initial evaluation of your claim, and our construction accident lawyers will negotiate a prompt, fair, and just settlement or fight aggressively to ensure that you receive full maximum compensation in accordance with the law. Call 212-279-2000 or contact us online today for a free consultation.

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