Cleaning crews face serious dangers if a building is not properly maintained, or if the equipment provided to them does not meet state or federal safety standards. Whether a cleaning crew is involved in window washing, interior building cleaning or clean up of a construction site, they have protections under New York’s labor laws.
At Powers & Santola, LLP, our team of construction accident lawyers stand up for the rights of cleaning crew members who are injured in accidents on the job. Attorney Daniel R. Santola is known throughout the legal community as an authority in interpreting and applying New York’s unique construction laws. He can put his experience to work for you if you have been injured in a construction accident while on the job.
To learn more about your rights and options, call us today or reach us online. We work with clients in Albany, Syracuse and throughout New York State. We can provide a free consultation.
Types of Cleaning Crew Accidents
There are a range of serious accidents that can cause serious or permanent injuries to members of a cleaning crew, including but not limited to:
- Falls from heights (specifically when window washing)
- Falls due to unsafe conditions in passageways, walkways, stairways or other thoroughfare
- Failure of safety devices
- Being struck by an object
- Exposure to harmful chemicals
- Electrical accidents.
Some cleaning crew workers may suffer minor injuries such as sprains, strains, cuts or bruises. However, many accidents can lead to traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and other injuries that cause a worker to suffer a permanent disability that leads to high medical expenses and the inability to earn income.
How New York Law Protects Cleaning Crew Members
Under New York Labor Law, a cleaning crew member who is injured on the job may have the right to seek a recovery for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and other damages.
For instance, cleaning is one of the specific activities covered under Labor Law § 240(1). The law requires owners, contractors and their agents to provide safety devices so as to ensure the health and safety of workers who work at heights or otherwise face “gravity-related risks.” A person cleaning windows or the outside of a building on a ladder or scaffold, in this sense, could bring an action if the building owner’s failure to provide required safety devices led to an injury.
A cleaning crew member may also seek a recovery through Labor Law § 202 and Industrial Code Rule 21, which specifically gives protections to those engaged in window cleaning.
Contact a New York Cleaning Crew Injury Attorney
Property owners and contractors often seek to avoid responsibility for a cleaning crew member’s injuries. It is important to seek help from an attorney that has a strong understanding of New York Labor Law and will be aggressive in protecting your rights.
If you have suffered an injury while working on a cleaning crew in Albany, Syracuse or elsewhere in New York State, contact Powers & Santola, LLP. We will discuss your rights and options during your free case evaluation.