Preventing Accident Injuries On Construction Sites Is Tougher Than New York City Thinks

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New York personal injury attorney David Perecman explains how the Seven Point Plan which would increase the safety on tower crane construction sites isn't enough to protect construction workers.

David Perecman, a leading New York personal injury attorney, strongly recommends putting pressure on New York City's Buildings Department officials to strengthen the effect of Labor Laws 240 (the so called 'scaffold law") and 241 to prevent accident injuries on construction sites. "These laws are set in place to hold building owners, developers and contractors liable for construction accidents occurring to workers while performing work." While Mr. Perecman is encouraged to see New York City make serious efforts to help improve safety on construction sites, he believes that the Seven Point Plan isn't enough, because there isn't enough man power or the budget in place to enforce these regulations on every construction site in New York City. With the existing limitations, building officials can't discover and correct all the unsafe conditions before they cause accidents.    

"With the passing of the new Seven Point Plan, the City of New York has started taking the right steps forward in preventing future accident injuries on construction sites; however, the Seven Point Plan isn't enough," said Dave Perecman. "We need to let the laws we have on the books do their job by strengthening the effect of Labor Laws 240 and 241. By consistently enforcing the laws that make owners, developers and construction companies responsible for the damage they cause to workers and their families you talk to them in the language they understand, financial responsibility for the damage you cause Penalties from government agencies are often too small, too few and too late. They are viewed by the builders as nothing more than a cost of doing business. One thing is fore sure, they don't like getting sued. After enough construction accident lawsuits, these violators will improve safety on their construction sites because it's too expensive to pay for the damage they cause."

There have been numerous construction accident injuries over the past several months in New York City that have injured and even killed construction workers and employees, creating an urgency to improve safety on construction sites.

About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 25 years, construction accident attorney David H. Perecman, the founder of New York personal injury attorneys, The Perecman Firm, PLLC has championed all types of personal injury and construction cases in New York State. David Perecman is the current Secretary of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and a chair of its Labor Law (Construction Accident Law) Committee. Mr. Perecman's achievements, often in the construction accident field, have brought him recognition as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's 2008 Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's 2007 publication of "The Best Lawyers in America" and has earned him the votes by his peers as among the top 5% of lawyers in the New York region as published in The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition".

He has recovered millions of dollars for his clients over the course of his career. Among his more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict* for an injured NYC construction worker who fractured his arm and injured his knee. Mr. Perecman has spent much of his career advocating for injured victims' rights, including his recent statements regarding New York City crane construction accidents. The New York personal injury attorneys at The Perecman Firm have a depth of expertise in and breadth of knowledge well recognized in NYC, while their record and reputation speaks for itself.

*later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million.

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