Hoisting Accidents Lawyer
Crane operators, other construction workers, and the public are at risk for serious injury and death from hoisting equipment and hoisting accessories. According to OHSA around seventy (70) deaths are reported each year from crane and hoisting accidents. From 2011-2015 there were over 200 deaths related to crane and hoisting accidents in New York alone. In addition, every year thousands of workers are injured every year in crane and hoisting accidents. The statistics on hoisting accidents are not always accurate because of a lack of reporting or misclassification of hoisting and crane accidents. The size, complexity and moving parts of hoisting equipment pose numerous risks for workers.
Construction work is among the most dangerous jobs in New York City. The construction industry has more work-related deaths than any other industry in the City. Approximately ten percent (10%) of all construction worker deaths resulted from falling objects.
Fortunately, New York Law makes owners and general contractors responsible for the safety of their worksite and the men and women working at the site. The New York Industrial Code and New York Labor Law Sections 200, 240, and 241 protect construction workers and the public. If you are a construction worker injured on a construction site by a falling object or if you were a pedestrian walking past a construction project injured by a falling object, you have likely been injured by a property owner or contractor’s negligence and violation of the law. Knowledgeable personal injury lawyers will understand Labor Law Section 240 and advise you of your potential hoisting accident lawsuit.
New York Labor Law 240
New York offers workers on construction projects big and small protections from falling objects and hoisting accidents. New York Labor Law 240 is sometimes called the “Scaffold Law,” and is believed by many to apply simply to scaffolds and ladders. However, Section 240 applies to falling objects of any kind related to gravity. Essentially, if a hoisted or improperly secured load or other construction-related material falls on a worker from above causing injury, then the injured worker has a valid falling object case to bring under New York Labor Law Section 240.
When a hoist breaks or is improperly used without proper safety guidelines, under Section 240 the owner and general contractor are liable and required to pay damages for pain, suffering, loss of income and medical bills.
Worker’s Compensation does not cover all the loss you may sustain of a hoisting or crane accident. Section 240 provides an avenue for recovery far greater than a typical Worker’s Compensation Claim.
Typical Causes of Hoisting Accidents
There are numerous causes of hoisting accidents. Usually hoisting accidents are results of negligence and violating New York Law.
- Improperly Maintained or Constructed Hoists or Cranes
- Workers Improperly Trained
- Improper Safety Equipment
- Human Error
- Overloaded Hoists and Cranes
- Hoisting Equipment Improperly Secured, Bolted or Tied
Hire Experienced New York City Hoisting Accident Lawyers
Are you a construction worker injured on a construction site by falling objects? Where you injured while visiting a construction site or as a pedestrian walking by a construction site? If so, you will need the personal injury lawyers of Pazer, Epstein, Jaffe & Fein, P.C.
Our attorneys have decades of experienced Fighting Your Fight, and we do not back down. We will do everything in our power to make sure you are fairly compensated for your hoisting accident injuries. We have a history of documented success in winning millions for our construction accident clients. Our law firm represents clients throughout New York in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Long Island. We may be reached by phone at (212) 847-5007 in New York or (718) 954-9986 in Long Island.