New York Construction Accident Lawyer from The Perecman Firm Comments on New York’s New “Urban Umbrella” Scaffolding

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New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman comments on New York’s new scaffolding, the “Urban Umbrella.” This is the first time in approximately 60 years that the protective construction site building shed was redesigned for the City. The New York construction accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm have handled all types of construction accident cases, including scaffold falls, over the past 30 years.

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Scaffolding is installed to protect pedestrians from construction operations. If it meets or exceeds safety requirements and creates a better environment for the people in New York, this is a positive achievement.

New York scaffolding got a makeover. According to The New York Times, a new style of building shed called the “Urban Umbrella” was installed in front of 100 Broadway, an office building in Manhattan.

New York construction accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm understand the new sidewalk structure marks the first time in approximately six decades that the protective construction site structure was redesigned for New York City.

“Scaffolding is installed to protect pedestrians from construction operations,” said David Perecman, the former head New York construction accident lawyer for the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and a lecturer on construction accident law. “If it meets or exceeds safety requirements and creates a better environment for the people in New York, this is a positive achievement.”

The new scaffolding, which incorporates arch-like frames, was chosen from the “urbanSHED International Design Competition,” a competition sponsored by the New York City Buildings Department.

The winning design, "Urban Umbrella," uses recycled steel and plastic panels in a structure resembling an "open umbrella.”

According to the rules, competitors had to redesign the current sidewalk shed while “meeting or surpassing current safety, sustainability and viability requirements.” They also had to comply with laws, including Chapter 33 of the New York City Building Code.

The new design is not legally required, but The New York Times reports it is not much more expensive than the usual New York construction accident inhibiting scaffolding.

In New York, new construction of 40 feet or higher and demolitions of buildings 25 feet or higher, must have scaffolding, or "sidewalk sheds." These sheds help prevent New York construction accidents.

Individuals who have been injured or lost a loved one in a New York construction accident or scaffold fall on the job, please contact the experienced New York construction accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm at http://www.perecman.com.

About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:

For the past 30 years, the New York construction accident, medical malpractice, auto accident, and personal injury accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of cases including age and disability discrimination. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, is a Board Director and the past Secretary and Treasurer of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and a chair of its Labor Law Committee. Mr. Perecman's achievements have brought him recognition as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010.

The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice****.

The Perecman Firm serves Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.

**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million    
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout

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