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New York Labor Law recognizes this fact. The law protects construction workers in two ways:
- It imposes duties on construction site owners, contractors and their agents. They must take certain steps to prevent accidents and worker injuries.
- If owners, contractors or their agents fail to meet their duties, the law gives injured workers – or the survivors of deceased workers – the right to sue for compensation.
So, if you have been injured or lost a loved one in a construction accident in New York, you may go beyond collecting workers’ compensation benefits. You may be able to file a claim under New York Labor Law.
Here, we explain six sections of New York Labor Law on which you could potentially base a claim for compensation:
- Labor Law § 240(1)
- Labor Law § 240(2)
- Labor Law § 241(1-5)
- Labor Law § 241-a
- Labor Law § 241(6)
- Labor Law § 200.
In addition to these laws, you should also be aware of two sets of safety regulations that apply to the construction industry in New York:
- New York State Industrial Code, Rule 23 – State rules that cover every aspect of construction work, including rules on safety devices and scaffolding.
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration Regulations – Federal safety standards that cover much of the same ground as New York State regulations.
Labor Law § 240(1)
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