Slips and Falls at Construction Sites in New York

Construction sites are particularly prone to slip and fall accidents because construction sites often have flowing water, and dripping liquids such as oil, and other lubricants that create a dangerous condition. Multiple subcontractors working on a construction site can lead workers from one trade being unaware of conditions created by another trade. If you have slipped and fallen at a construction site you will want to contact a NY attorney who has experience handling such cases. Falls at construction sites often result in serious injuries due to hard and uneven landing services. Often, construction workers are carrying equipment or tools or other items which result in them not having their hands free to break their fall. In the State of New York the owners of construction sites and their general contractors are required by New York Labor Law Section 200 to keep construction sites safe. New York Labor Law Section 241(6) requires that the owners and general contractors of construction sites follow specific rules to protect construction workers. A violation of those specific rules will result in the owners and general contractors being liable for the injuries and damages suffered by construction workers. For example The New York Board of Industrial Codes Section 23-1.7(d) requires the following.

Slipping Hazards. Employers shall not suffer or permit any employee to use a floor, passageway, walkway, scaffold, platform or other elevated working surface which is in a slippery condition. Ice, snow, water, grease and any other foreign substance which may cause slippery footing shall be removed, sanded or covered to provide safe footing.
If the above section is violated, and the cause of a construction workers' injuries, then the owner and/or general contractor of the construction site will be strictly liable for the worker's injuries. Damages suffered by workers at construction sites can often be substantial. In addition to recovery for pain and suffering due to the physical injuries suffered, workers often suffer economic losses. These may include lost wages,and lost benefits such as health insurance, benefit funds, and pensions. Workers who cannot return to construction work are often entitled to recover for the future wages and benefits they would have earned if they had not been injured. If you are a construction worker who has been injured in an slip and fall accident, or other type of construction accident case in New York, it is important that you contact an attorney who has experience handling construction accident cases. At Zalman Schnurman & Miner we have handled many construction accident cases and are happy to offer a free consultation to discuss your rights. - Marc Miner. Esq. Zalman Schnurman & Miner P.C. is a New York law firm that concentrates in New York personal injury actions such as construction accidents, including slips and falls on water, slips on ice, slips and falls on snow, slips and falls on foreign substances, slips on garbage, slips and falls on debris, skip and falls on grease, slips and falls from ladders, slips and falls from scaffolds, slips and falls through holes, slip and falls from heights, etc. We also handle all other types of accident cases such as slips in stores, slips and falls in homes, slips in apartment buildings, slips and falls in restaurants, stairway accidents, slips and falls at construction sites, premises liability, ceiling collapses, trip and falls, slip and falls, snow and ice cases, motor vehicle cases, wrongful death, serious injuries, and traumatic brain injuries, including many other injury cases. Learn more at, or contact us at 1-800-LAWLINE, or 1-800-529-5463 Zalman Schnurman & Miner P.C. handles personal injury actions in New York City, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Westchester County, and Rockland County. We can often refer you to attorneys in other areas that we have worked with in the past. The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not meant as legal advice or to cover all possible facts or factors. An attorney should be consulted to discuss specific facts and laws.

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