New York, NY (PRWEB) May 24, 2012
New York City construction accident lawyer David Resnick spoke out today against a legislative effort to roll back legal protections for workers who suffer serious injuries from falls and other accidents at New York jobsites.
“New York currently provides some of the strongest protections in the nation for construction workers who get hurt on the job. Hard-working men and women who put their health and lives on the line each day deserve nothing less,” Resnick said.
Two bills are pending in the New York legislature that would change New York’s Scaffold Law to diminish construction workers’ ability to recover compensation when they suffer injuries in construction accidents.
The bills, S. 6816 and A. 2835, would allow contractors, property owners and other responsible parties to dodge liability under the Scaffold Law for workers’ injuries by claiming that the injured worker somehow contributed to the accident.
In its present form, the New York Scaffold Law entitles construction workers to a safe place to work. That means that contractors and property owners face strict liability for on-the-job injuries and wrongful deaths, without consideration of fault.
This right to recovery is separate from any workers’ compensation benefits that an injured worker could be entitled to receive. Claims under the Scaffold Law often result in much larger recoveries for injured workers than workers’ comp benefits alone.
Resnick, who represents injured New York construction workers at the personal injury firm of David Resnick & Associates, P.C., said the bills would effectively return New York to the 19th century when it comes to the responsibility of contractors and property owners for construction site safety.
“The Scaffold Law, also known as New York Labor Law Section 240, has been on the books for more than 130 years. Over the decades, it has helped countless construction workers and their families after serious construction accidents,” Resnick said. “By legally ensuring that they have a safe place to work, it has also put pressure on contractors and property owners to pay attention to jobsite safety.
“There is no need to weaken this law now.”
Resnick noted that falls from scaffolds are among the leading causes of injury and death in the construction industry in New York and across the U.S. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), scaffold accidents injure about 4,500 American construction workers each each year and result in the death of 50 more.
He encouraged construction workers and other concerned citizens to voice their opposition to the proposed changes to the Scaffold Law by contacting their state senators and assemblymen.
About David Resnick & Associates, P.C.
David Resnick & Associates, P.C., is a New York City personal injury law firm that represents injured New York City construction workers and the families of those who have lost loved ones in a New York construction accident. The firm handles personal injury and wrongful death actions throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and surrounding areas. The firm’s additional practice areas include car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, boating accidents, bus accidents, delivery truck accidents, hit-and-run accidents, subway accidents, taxi accidents, inadequate security, property injury and trip-and-fall accidents. Call the firm at (212) 279-2000 or use its online contact form.