The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found that 33% of all construction fatalities are from falls and another 22% are from being struck by an object. These hazards can be prevented and guarded against under New York State’s Scaffold Law. A review of 2600 OSHA construction site inspections in New York State… Read more »
New York’s safety laws favor both the employee and the employer. The employee benefits from having construction safety equipment available at the work site to protect him or her from harm. The employer benefits because when injuries are prevented, Workers’ Compensation insurance rates remain stable.
New York State’s legitimate construction industry is virtually the safest in the nation, thanks in large part to the Scaffold Law and other safe construction work site state laws: Labor Law sections 200 and 241. According to statistics compiled by the United States Department of Labor, New York State consistently ranks as the second lowest… Read more »
Labor Law Section 240, the Scaffold Law, requires building owners and general contractors to provide workers proper scaffolds, hoists, harnesses, and other appropriate work site safety and equipment. If a construction worker is injured because the owner or general contractor failed to provide safety equipment, then the owner or contractor can be held responsible.