New York’s ‘scaffold law’ allows workers who work in construction environments to receive monetary damages for injuries sustained while working with scaffolds, ladders, ropes and other like equipment. This law does not prevent them from receiving workers compensation from state benefits, but it can be an additional payment.
The law states that contractors and property owners are responsible for the safety and security of their scaffolds and other similar equipment.
This means that contractors must make sure that they have the appropriate safety material to protect the workers from falls. In order to receive damages in this law, a person must prove that the safety equipment was not there or it was not working properly.
If the appropriate equipment was there and the workers did not use it or used it improperly, the contractor or property owner is not responsible.
If this scaffold law is interesting to you or you want to learn about construction accidents, visit the a construction accident lawyer’s website. There are multiple helpful articles on the subject. As usual, your feedback is always welcome whether you agree or disagree with the law.