Safety devices can and do save lives.
New York, New York (PRWEB) May 29, 2013
Two workers were left dangling nearly 100 feet above the Hudson River after the scaffold they were on gave way. Thanks to the safety harnesses they wore, they could be pulled up to safety, reported YNN Hudson Valley (5.21.13). Safety devices can and do save lives, said New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman.
The construction accident occurred 60 miles north of New York City on the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge that connects Orange and Dutchess counties.
According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), 72% of workers injured in scaffold accidents said the accident was caused by planking or support giving way, by slipping, or by being struck by a falling object.
Each year, scaffold accidents kill or injure thousands of construction workers and window washers.
"These two workers are living proof that safety devices work," said Perecman. "Without the safety harnesses they may not have survived the scaffold collapse."
New York State Labor Law section 240 and New York State Labor Law section 241 require adequate safety devices be provided to all construction workers, ensuring that the workers are not injured or killed in scaffold accidents. Property owners, general contractors and their agents are responsible by law to provide proper protection for workers using scaffolds at job sites.
Labor Law section 240 (also known as the “scaffold law”) holds property owners, general contractors and their agents fully responsible for most scaffolding accidents. This is true even when the injured worker was partially at fault. New York Labor Law 240 was written to ensure that serious efforts are made to provide working safety equipment to construction workers who perform tasks at heights.
Pedestrians or construction workers who have been injured in a scaffold accident may be entitled to compensation.
For more than 30 years, the construction accident attorneys at The Perecman Firm in New York have aggressively helped injured workers and-or their families obtain compensation following construction accidents in New York. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
The YNN article cited is “Two workers unhurt after support platform gives away at Newburgh-Beacon Bridge.” YNN is part of the Time Warner Cable Enterprises news network.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York construction accident, medical malpractice, auto accident, personal injury, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of New York construction accident cases, including ladder and scaffold accidents. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements 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 prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
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 (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, 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
"Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome."