Angiuli & Gentile, LLP
We’ll Take It From Here. 347-201-4447 Staten Island chamber of commerce

New York construction accidents may cause law reform

When workers are hurt on the job, it seems an obvious answer, if the employer were at fault, the employer should be held liable. Injured workers may be able to collect workers' compensation and hold the employer accountable. But what if an employer who ignores safety rules is only penalized as much as the employer who follows them? What if there was no additional liability for not following the rules and for not creating a safe work environment? This potential inconsistency is the issue being raised by recent calls for reform to the current Scaffold Law, more formally known as Local Law 240.

Another major concern about New York's Scaffold Law as written is that it is raising the price of insurance so much that taxpayers and businesses alike are being financially penalized. For taxpayers, it costs billions of dollars. For businesses, it costs jobs and contracts numbering in the thousands. For the construction worker hurt on the job, it simply isn't fair to see no more penalty to those who run a hazardous job site than to those who run a safe one.

For construction workers who are already at risk of injury on the job, it just isn't fair to know there is no incentive for companies to follow the rules when they will not be held more liable or penalized more severely than companies that try to keep the workers safe. For these injured workers, both workers' compensation and justice may be sought.

New York attorneys who practice in workers' compensation may be able to assist in both seeking workers' compensation and in helping to see that justice is served. These attorneys keep up on the latest changes to the law and can advise as to the best options for those workers who have been injured.

Source: New York Daily News, “The city's Scaffold Law should be reformed to protect law-abiding, safety-conscious contractors in the event of a construction accident,” Louis J. Colleti, April 23, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Success Stories

  • A 43 year old ironworker who fell four stories and sustained injuries to his ankle while installing a staircase settled his claim for $1,500,000.00. The accident was due to the failure of the building owner and general contractor to provide a safe place to work.
  • A construction worker operating an asphalt roller settled his case for $525,000.00 when the edge of the roadway he was paving collapsed into a trench being dug by a subcontractor causing him to sustain injuries to his leg.
  • A 54 year old commuter settled his case against the NYCTA for $1,200,000.00. when he tripped and fell on a subway platform due to the pavement being in disrepair, causing him to fall forward and to strike his head on a train pulling into the station.
  • The estate of a 64 year old woman received a settlement of $425,000.00 after she was struck and killed by a speeding tractor trailer while crossing the street at the intersection of Richmond Terrace and Port Richmond Avenue.
  • A $1,200,000.00 settlement was reached on behalf of a 54 year old man from Staten Island, New York, who, while in the course of his employment as a bus driver, was rear-ended on the Garden State Parkway and caused to suffer injuries to his back and neck as well as a fractured rib and fractured pelvis.
  • A 47-year-old building superintendent who sustained injuries to his head and right side of his body due to a tripping hazard at his job site received a settlement of $300,000.00 from the electrical company performing work at the site.
  • A 43 year old construction worker was caused to sustain injuries to his back, shoulder and hand when the elevator he was riding malfunctioned and dropped 8 floors. He received $350,000.00 in the settlement of his claim against the building owner, maintenance company and elevator company.
  • The administrator of the estate of a 69 year old man who suffered stage four pressure sores while a patient at a Queens nursing home settled the case for $400,000.00 after the man died.
View More

You Can Trust Angiuli & Gentile to Make a Difference

Schedule Your Consultation

Email Us to Get the Answers You Need

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

Office Locations

Angiuli & Gentile, LLP
60 Bay Street, Penthouse Floor
Staten Island, NY 10301

Phone: 347-201-4447
Phone: 718-816-0005
Fax: 718-442-6408
Staten Island Law Office Map

Staten Island Office
1481 Hylan Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10305

Phone: 347-201-4447
Phone: 718-816-0005
Staten Island Law Office Map