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New York provides extra protections in scaffold accidents

Even on the best of days and under the best conditions, construction workers still have a host of dangers to deal with. One danger that can affect construction workers is scaffolding. This piece of equipment makes it much easier to reach higher elevations. When it is installed properly and is in good condition, scaffolding is much safer than a ladder. The issue with scaffolding comes when it isn't installed properly, isn't inspected as required or isn't in good condition.

There are specific requirements for scaffolding that are set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The regulations cover a host of issues. All scaffolding must conform to the requirements of OSHA, which include construction methods, rated capacities, types of equipment and the use.

In addition to the OSHA regulations, construction workers in New York are protected by the state's Labor Law Section 240. This law means that employers in the state have an absolute liability when it comes to scaffolding accidents. This law is unique because the injured worker doesn't have to be employed by the defendant in order for the defendant to be held liable for the injuries.

The Scaffold Law and OSHA regulations mean that employers must be sure they have scaffolding inspected by a competent person before each shift and immediately after the scaffold is erected. Any work done on the scaffolding must be done under the supervision of someone who is familiar with the equipment.

If you are injured in an accident on a scaffold, you might opt to seek compensation for your injuries. Learning your options can help you to plan your next steps.

Source: FindLaw, "Scaffold Injuries," accessed Dec. 10, 2015

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