Recovery for Construction Accident Injuries in New York
New York City, New York State, federal agencies and voluntary organizations have developed a large body of safety codes designed to protect workers and the public from injuries. General contractors, contractors, employers, property owners and manufacturers are responsible for knowing and following these safety codes.
Alarmingly, violations occur often. Excuses range from having no knowledge of the code and being unaware of the violation to trying to meet a deadline or cutting costs of the project. The worst excuse of all is that the employee was somehow to blame for the negligence of these corporations.
Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. has represented injured construction workers for more than three decades. We hear time and time again the same poor defenses from those responsible for worksite accidents. Each and every time we rip these defenses apart. Often, the accident is directly tied to safety code violations, proving that had those in charge followed the law, the accident could have been avoided.
American National Standards Institute Standards
American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a nonprofit organization that establishes voluntary consensus standards for U.S. personnel, processes, products, services and systems. Created in the early 20th century, ANSI sets reliable safety standards for dozens of construction equipment, worksite conditions and procedures, including:
- Fall protection systems
- Debris nets
- Excavation and trenching
- Concrete and masonry work
- Steal erection
- Hot asphalt
- Tunnels, shafts and caissons
- Highway construction
- Heavy machinery
- Power tools
- Protective clothing
- Protection of the public
Although ANSI is a voluntary organization, its standards are the foundation of virtually every construction project in the country. Failure to conform to ANSI safety standards is evidence of negligence.
Occupational Safety & Health Administration
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) was created almost 50 years ago to regulate and enforce workplace safety standards. OSHA is responsible for inspecting construction sites and issuing citations for violations. The government agency has the authority to stop work when its agents discover egregious offenses.
However, just because a company has not been cited does not mean it has not blatantly violated OSHA regulations. A tiny fraction of construction worksites receive an OSHA agent visit, and usually in response to a complaint or a fatal accident.
New York Laws
All construction is subject to the federal, state and local laws governing the project area. The Federal Government, New York State and New York City govern the construction in the five boroughs. Construction is governed by federal and state laws, rules and regulations as well as those passed by their local councils.
The NYC Department of Buildings regularly inspects construction sites for violations. However, as with OSHA, the agency only visits a small percentage of the thousands of projects currently under construction in New York City. Sadly, many violations are not discovered until somebody gets hurt or is killed on the job.
Our New York City safety code violation lawyers conduct extensive investigations into the causes of an accident. We delve far beneath the surface to discover the truth. From there, we build a strong case to get you and your loved ones your rightful money and benefits.
Learn More about Violations of Safety Codes
Call Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. at 1-888-575-6410 to schedule your free appointment with our construction accident attorneys. Our offices are located in Manhattan, Bronx, Jericho, Deer Park or White Plains. Under our contingency fee plan, you do not pay us unless we recover money or benefits for you.