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As per the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are thousands of work-related injuries or deaths each year taking place on construction sites. The majority of these incidents occur due to four main causes, which are commonly referred to as the “fatal four.” 

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Labor Laws Explained

For victims of one of the “fatal four” accidents, there are a number of powerful labor laws that were enacted by the New York State Legislature to ensure that victims of construction site accidents are protected. In New York State, the three most common Labor Law provisions that help to protect construction site workers from the “fatal four” accidents are New York Labor Law §240, New York Labor Law §241 (6), and New York Labor Law §200.

Labor Law §240

Under New York Labor Law §240, which is commonly referred to as “scaffold law”, protection is extended to workers who were the victims of an injury sustained while falling from any sort of height or as a result of being struck by a falling object. Whether it be falling from a ladder, having a scaffold collapse, etc. or being struck by a falling object such as construction materials or debris, property owners and contractors have a duty to protect their workers from these “gravity-related” accidents. If you fall or are struck by a falling object at a construction site and are seriously injured, you have a right to hold the responsible party accountable.

Labor Law §241 (6)

Under New York Labor Law §241 (6), there is a duty imposed on property owners, contractors, architects, and even manufacturers of equipment that all provisions of the New York State Industrial Code are being complied with. Specifically, Rule 23 of the New York State Industrial Code is a section that is commonly violated by these parties, which pertains to such matters as slip/trip and fall accidents, PPE, drinking water and sanitation, lumber, nail fastening, tools, explosives, cranes, power-operated equipment, improper use of chemicals, and structural steel assembly. For example, if an electrician was struck by a live wire in the eye, the electrician could hold a party accountable for not providing him with protective eye equipment.

Labor Law §200

Under New York Labor Law §200, property owners and contractors have an obligation to ensure that reasonable steps have been taken to protect workers and provide them with a safe working environment. The provision requires all worksites to be maintained and operated in a way that provides adequate protection and safety to all workers.

The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff


If you or your loved ones were the victim of a “fatal four” accident, it is imperative that you act quickly and contact the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff. Remember, we do not charge an hourly rate for our services, and the only time we receive any sort of payment is if we win your case. We even offer free case evaluations. If we are not able to make a recovery, then you do not owe us anything; it’s as simple as that.

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