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As the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, construction work is responsible for more deaths than any other industry in the country. Unfortunately, nowhere is this truer than NYC — the skyscraper capital of the world. And while the nature of construction-related accidents varies, faulty safety equipment and defective machinery account for a staggering number of work-related incidents, injuries, and fatalities.

This is why if you or a loved one works in construction or has been injured as a result of faulty equipment or improper safety devices in NYC, knowing your rights is incredibly important in keeping you and your family from losing the money and benefits you are entitled to.

Please, don’t gamble with your future. If you are at risk, be proactive and prepare yourself. If you have been injured at a construction site, know and protect your rights.

You can do this by calling Schwartzapfel® Lawyers at 1-800–966-4999 and speaking with one of our expert personal injury attorneys today. It would be our privilege and honor to help in any way we can.

Remember: You do not get a second opportunity to get your case right. That is why experience and results matter, and our experience and results make us the preeminent lawyers in New York for construction accident cases.

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It’s no secret: To get the job done right, construction workers depend on their tools. As far as hammers go, there are sledgehammers, jackhammers, ball peen hammers, claw hammers — the list goes on. And with ladders, the selection is equally as exhaustive (e.g. step ladders, attic ladders, multipurpose and platform ladders, etc.). Suffice it to say: Construction workers rarely go to work empty-handed — and, by law, they are entitled to a safe work environment.

Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, as evidenced by the thousands of construction-related accidents caused by:

  • Rusted or malfunctioning guardrail systems
  • Ineffective gear (e.g. visibility vests, headgear, goggles, gloves, boots)
  • Loose or improperly secured safety nets
  • Insufficient or inadequate warning signage, cordoned-off zones, etc.
  • Outdated or deteriorated vehicles (including operational machinery such as cranes)
  • Unsafe ladders or scaffolding
  • Electric or mechanical issues

If anything listed here rings a bell — or sounds comparable to something you or your loved one has experienced while on the job — please know: You are protected by the law!

As stated in Labor Law § 240(1): “A person employing or directing another to perform labor of any kind… on a building or structure shall furnish… devices which shall be so constructed, placed, and operated as to give proper protection to a person so employed or directed.”

Accordingly, any violation of Labor Law § 240(1) that leads to an injury will result in the owner and contractor being absolutely liable for injuries and damages caused. Absolute liability means that the plaintiff (the injured employee) does not have to prove negligence on the part of the defendant (the owner or contractor). Please note: Labor Law § 240(1) violations apply to any construction project where the injured worker falls from any elevation or is injured due to a falling object.

In short: What matters is that an injury occurred when it shouldn’t have, and so, even if the injured worker may have been partially at fault, the responsible party (i.e. the owner of the building and contractor) should still be held completely liable.


Safety equipment exists to protect bodies from harm, but when it’s not working properly those bodies are left vulnerable to potentially devastating physical pain and suffering.

In situations involving faulty safety equipment or defective machinery, possible injuries include but are not limited to:

Broken nones

(e.g. leg, arm, and hip fractures) - Directly and indirectly caused by inclement weather conditions.

Head trauma

(i.e. from falls, falling objects) - Directly and indirectly caused by inclement weather conditions.

External cuts, internal bleeding

(i.e. from falls, falling objects) - Directly and indirectly caused by inclement weather conditions.


Directly caused by severe weather conditions such as lightning and other electrical storms.

Chemical, electrical, or heat burns

Directly and indirectly caused by extreme temperatures and inclement weather conditions.

Exposure to hazardous materials

(e.g. raw sewage, harmful chemicals) - Directly and indirectly caused by inclement weather conditions.

Disc bulges and herniations

Internal organ damage

Full or partial paralysis

(e.g. quadriplegia, paraplegia) - Directly and indirectly caused by inclement weather conditions.


Directly and indirectly caused by exposure to extreme temperatures and severe weather conditions.

Additional injuries may not be readily apparent at the time of the accident. These can include: sprains, strains and tears, post-traumatic arthritis, and nerve damage — all of which can worsen over time until surgery is required.

Beyond physical injuries, emotional suffering is a stark reality many face — often alone — in the days, weeks, and even years following a construction-related accident.

Associated conditions can include but are not limited to:

  • Associated conditions can include but are not limited to:
  • Acute stress disorder (ASD)
  • Substance abuse disorder (SAD)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Unfortunately, for Unfortunately for many construction workers, their losses do not stop with the physical and mental tolls brought forth by their injuries. Economic losses commonly occur, too, often in the forms of:construction workers their losses do not stop with the physical and mental tolls brought forth by their injuries, as economic losses often coincide in the forms of:

  • Lost wages
  • Lost pension, annuity, and other retirement benefits
  • Lost health and social security benefits

Trust us when we say: Your health is worth it. The last thing you need after an accident is bills piling up. As such, whether you have been injured by or because of faulty safety equipment or defective machinery, you should treat your injury as a serious matter that requires serious attention.

So, please, whether you are a mason, carpenter, welder, or something else, don’t wait until it’s too late. Protect your financial future right away by calling Schwartzapfel® Lawyers today.


Call your attorney and document the scene with photographs, as it will be altered as soon as you leave. Also, go get medical attention at a doctor of your choosing (never let an employer tell you where to get medical care).

At the outset of any accident, receiving proper medical care should be the first stop on your road to physical and mental recovery. If you can, seek immediate medical attention at the emergency room, urgent care clinic, or your doctor.

Next, one of the best ways to protect you and your family’s financial future is by securing expert legal representation. Relatedly, please do not give statements to anyone — including insurance agents — without first speaking to your lawyer. Why? Because anything you say will be misconstrued and used against you.

Fact: No matter how convincing they may sound, these men and women are not your allies. The truth is they are out to make profits for their company’s shareholders. Accordingly, what is best for them is to pay you as little as possible. But you can stop this from happening by politely but firmly stating that you have retained a personal injury attorney who they can speak to.

To better understand your options as they relate to construction-related injuries and faulty safety equipment or defective machinery, call 1-800-966-4999 and speak with an experienced personal injury attorney today. Alternatively, if you prefer texting to speaking over the phone, you can send a message to 1-917-909-5900 and a member of our staff will be in touch with you shortly.


Did you know construction workers have special rights and protections provided to them by the law? That’s right, they do — especially in NYC!

Pursuant to New York’s labor laws, building owners and contractors are responsible for providing “safe working conditions and safe places to work,” (New York State Department of Labor: § 23-1.3). Furthermore, construction workers in New York and NYC must be provided with sufficient safety devices to perform their jobs, including, but not limited to, work materials and a controlled working environment. Failure to comply on any level, and the responsible party is liable for the construction worker’s sustained losses and harms.

Let’s unpack that.

You’re injured in a construction-related accident in New York State. What this means is, if the accident was caused in any way by the building owners’, contractors’, or your employers’ failure to provide a safe work environment, then they are at fault — and you may be legally entitled to compensation.

Finding the personal injury attorney that’s right for YOU

You’re injured in a construction-related accident in New York State. What this means is, if the accident was caused in any way by the building owners’, contractors’, or your employers’ failure to provide a safe work environment, then they are at fault — and you may be legally entitled to compensation.

For more than thirty-five years, Schwartzapfel® Lawyers has successfully helped thousands of clients get the money and benefits they are entitled to. We are proud of our hundreds of 5-star Google Reviews and 99% client satisfaction record. Moreover, we have every incentive to get you the largest settlement or verdict possible as quickly as possible. Why? Because if we don’t win your case, you owe us nothing.

So, if you live in NYC, work in construction, or someone you love has been injured due to faulty safety equipment or defective machinery, act now and have Schwartzapfel® Lawyers fight for you!

To learn more about workers’ rights and how you can protect yours, please visit our website, call us at 1-800-966-4999, or text 1-917-909-5900. We will be in touch shortly and on your side always.


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