Advocates for Construction Safety

Property owners, contractors, its agents and employers are responsible for maintaining a safe worksite. To do so, they must inspect the premises regularly, stop work to rectify unsafe conditions and repair hazards before resuming construction. “We did not know,” is never a valid excuse.

Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. has spent more than 30 years helping workers recover for injuries sustained in workplace accidents. Our lawyers regularly successfully counter the meritless defenses pleaded by negligent property owners, contractors, its agents and employers.

When workers suffer an injury, we immediately launch an investigation to find out what happened and who is at fault. Often, our intense investigation yields multiple negligent parties and legal violations. We have often uncovered negligence by the property owner, contractors, its agents and employers. The property owner, contractor, its agents, employers and government agencies have a legal obligation; they are required by law, to provide protection for workers and the public’s safety.

Government Inspections

Throughout the life of a construction project, multiple government agencies inspect the worksite for compliance with numerous building codes. In addition, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the New York Department of Labor may conduct inspections either randomly or in response to a complaint or accident.

These agencies have a duty to follow procedures meant to ensure the safety of workers and the public. They are entrusted with the job of discovering dangerous conditions on the construction site and taking appropriate action. For noncritical violations, a citation and demand to repair may be enough. For critical violations, a stop-work order might be necessary.

Under no circumstances should a contractor be permitted to maintain an unsafe work environment. When agents fail to do their jobs, the existence of unsafe conditions may fall through the cracks and workers get hurt. The lawyers at Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. believe that this is unacceptable and are inspired to take action.

Contractor Inspections

Contractors cannot rely on government agents to catch unsafe conditions. These companies have a responsibility to conduct independent inspections of the workplace. The inspection team should include qualified engineers, supervisors, maintenance personnel and safety professionals.

The contractor, its agents and employers should regularly examine all aspects of the workplace and equipment and immediately correct:

  • Safety hazards, such as inadequate scaffolding, safety nets, shoddy, broken or poorly maintained ladders, lifelines, barricades, catch nets, lack of fall prevention tools, tripping and slipping hazards, trenching violations, fire and explosion triggers, unsafe workplace conditions and unsafe work practices.
  • Chemical hazards, including all types of toxins used on the construction site in the form of solids, liquids, gases, dust particles and fumes.
  • Ergonomic hazards that can cause repetitive stress injuries, slipped disks, head injuries, nerve damage and other chronic or critical injuries.
  • Physical hazards related to noise, vibration, electricity, radiation, pressure, height, heat, cold, ice, snow or weather.
  • Biological hazards because of the existence of mold, bacteria and parasites that can result in serious disease.

Our New York City construction accident attorneys hold every entity or person accountable for not discovering workplace hazards and correcting such dangerous, hazardous conditions. We hold the property owner, the contractor, its agents and your employer liable for failing to know and correct the problems.

Learn More about Duty to Inspect the Construction Site

Call Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. at 1-888-575-6410 to schedule your free appointment with our construction accident lawyers. Our offices are located in Manhattan, Bronx, Jericho, Deer Park or White Plains. You do not pay us unless we recover money or benefits for you.