Debris on Stairs or in Work Areas
Posted on February 26, 2021 in Firm News
Slips, trips, and falls make up most of the construction or industry related accidents. According to OSHA, 15% of all accidental deaths in the U.S. are a result of slips, trips and falls. This is second nationally only to car accidents. Too many slips, trips and falls result from debris left on stairs or in work areas. While this is most common in construction accidents, unfortunately, slips, trips and falls caused by debris on stairs or work areas, also occur in private homes or in other areas of public life, such as the subway, apartment complex, rental property, neighborhood restaurant, or on the sidewalk of your favorite New York City Borough. Slips, trips, and falls from debris are one of the most frequently reported injuries to OHSA on construction sites.
Debris left on stairs on in work areas are a significant public hazard and can result in significant personal injury, and even death. Losses caused by another’s negligence to clean debris from stairs, or from work areas are susceptible to personal injury lawsuits for damages. The property owner or construction site owner has a legal duty to keep their stair and work areas reasonably clean of debris. Their failure to do is often negligence.
Debris negligently left on stairs or in work areas can cause significant personal injury that may be compensated for pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of work, permanent or temporary disability, loss of consortium, rehabilitation, costly medical bills, and more. A personal injury lawsuit in New York is complex, and you need help protecting your rights from insurance companies in a debris on the stairs, or in work area lawsuit. If you or a loved one had been injured in New York, it is imperative that you speak with an experienced premises liability attorney immediately.
The injury attorneys of Pazer, Epstein, Jaffe & Fein, P.C. have fought construction sites, apartment complexes, municipal governments, city organizations, and insurance agencies for decades. We want to discuss your case further and answer all your questions openly and honestly. Please contact us for a free consultation, and be sure to check out our testimonials from past clients who wholeheartedly endorse our legal representation. We represent clients in premises liability, construction and debris on the stairs and work area lawsuits throughout New York City and Long Island. We may be reached at (212) 847-5007 in New York or (718) 954-9986 in Long Island.
Costs of Debris on Stairs or in Work Areas Injuries
- Lost Wages
- Temporary disability or Permanent Disability
- Reduced Quality of Life
Causes of Slips, Trips and Falls
- Slippery floors
- Tripping hazards
- Elevated work areas
- Ladders and stairs
New York Labor Law Section 240
Also know as the “scaffolding law,” is designed to protect construction workers, workers, and the public from falls or personal injury from falling objects.
New York Labor Law Section 241
This law is like Section 240 but is focused more on complete workplace safety. This law is designed to protect workers and the public from negligence such as debris on the stairs or work area negligence.
Time is limited to file a personal injury claim or a claim under New York Labor Law. It is important that your attorneys understand and have experience litigating Section 204 and 241(6) under New York Law.