Falling objects and debris can cause injuries at construction sites, but not every instance of a worker being injured by a falling object is subject to a lawsuit.
Material such as bricks, mortar, a hoist, a hammer, equipment, a plank, a collapsing scaffold or construction debris are examples of falling objects.
New York Labor Law Section 240 is the law that provides attorneys with a basis for taking legal action in cases that seek compensation for workers injured by falling objects or debris.
When objects are being lifted or hoisted and fall on a worker, the court may hold the owner or general contractor liable, especially when a construction device is faulty or when safety precautions were not in place or being properly followed.
A light object that falls a very short distance and hits a worker may not be applicable in a falling object case. Significant damage must exist to bring a case, otherwise litigation can be cost prohibitive. When materials that are part of the building itself, such as a brick from the building falling on the worker, injury from this type of accident may not be covered under Labor Law Section 240. When no safety violations occur, grounds for a case may not exist, but this depends on the situation.
When a construction worker has not been properly trained or was not properly supervised and due to this negligence, an object falls from a height and is heavy enough to significantly injure a worker, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. Perhaps the general contractor failed to observe that the wind or wet weather conditions made surfaces too slippery and dangerous for construction work. As a result, a worker slips and knocks an object off a scaffold, which injures a worker below him. In instances where an OSHA violation causes a falling object injury, lawyers often have grounds to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.
Construction site injuries require case evaluation from an experienced injury lawyer. At Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP https://sacksteinlaw.com, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your injury and evaluate how we can assist you.