Carlos’ Law Passes After 7 Years

Carlos’ Law Passes After 7 Years

On December 23, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul finally passed Carlos’ Law. The bill, first introduced by Francisco Moya in 2017, has been in limbo for seven long years. Its passing is considered a significant step in holding employers and contractors responsible for the safety and well-being of construction workers, particularly immigrant workers who are often left unprotected.

Details of Carlos’ Law

Carlos’ Law mandates new financial repercussions for construction companies found liable for causing injury or death to workers on the job. Fines previously maximized at $10,000 will now be 50 times higher, capping at $500,000.

Construction safety advocates hope the passing of Carlos’ Law will push companies to prioritize creating and adhering to safety standards while holding negligent leaders accountable for unnecessary accidents. Companies that prioritize profit over work safety will hopefully be deterred from making decisions that put workers at risk and will step up to provide the protection required for a safe workplace.

The History of Carlos’ Law

Carlos’ Law was named after a 22-year-old Ecuadorian construction worker, Carlos Moncayo, who was killed in a construction accident in Manhattan back in 2015. His death was the result of a faulty construction site that collapsed on him. The contractor found responsible for the accident was only charged $10,000 in penalties for the mistake.

Why Now?

After 7 years of Carlos’ Law waiting for approval, it couldn’t have come at a better time. Recently, both Mayor Adams and the Governor announced a plan to go forward with building a number of new housing options for New Yorkers, with a statewide goal of 800,000 new homes in the next 10 years. This means construction worksites will be busier than ever, and it will be essential that companies focus on safety to reduce accidents amid strict deadlines.

Pazer, Epstein, Jaffe & Fein NYC Construction Accident Attorneys

At the law firm of Pazer, Epstein, Jaffe & Fein, we have been fighting for New York City workers and victims of construction accidents for over 60 years. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured on a construction worksite, contact one of our attorneys for a free consultation through our online form or call 212-227-1212.

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