Do the New York State Labor Law construction site safety sections apply to all work sites?

The Scaffold Law specifically does not apply to owners of one or two family dwellings. The other sections (200, 241) of the Labor Law apply only if the owner actually controls or supervises the construction.

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What about OSHA?

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 Sta...

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Do New York’s construction safety laws, Labor Law §200, 240 and 241, favor the employee or the employer?

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, ...

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How does the Scaffold Law make New York different from other states?

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 ...

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What is the Scaffold Law and how does it affect safety at construction sites in New York?

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 ow...

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