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Scaffold Accidents: Block O’Toole & Murphy, LLP Announces A $4,650,000 Settlement And Outlines An Injured Worker's Legal Rights

New York, NY (PRWEB) May 01, 2013

The construction accident lawyers at Block O’Toole & Murphy, LLP are pleased to announce a $4,650,000 settlement secured on April 16, 2013 on behalf of a Bronx laborer who fell, injuring his back, ribs, shoulder and hip. The worker was forced to labor from a height while standing on make shift shelving, rather than a proper scaffold, causing him to fall 10-15 feet. The worker suffered fractured ribs, herniated discs and tears to his left shoulder and left hip. The lawsuit was pending in New York Supreme Court, Bronx County under Index Number: 300841/2009.

Falls from heights are a dangerous reality when it comes to construction work. Construction workers in New York are frequently asked to work at dangerous heights and scaffolds are often the preferred method of doing so. Thankfully the New York State Labor Law protects workers involved in elevation-related accidents. Block O’Toole & Murphy, LLP is a New York personal injury law firm with vast experience representing victims of construction accidents, and therefore has an expertise in the laws that govern such accidents.

Specifically, Labor Law Section 240, also known as the "scaffold law", provides that owners and general contractors of construction sites must provide workers with the proper fall protection equipment when they are required to work at heights. Workers have several rights when it comes to working with scaffolds according to the Industrial Code of the State of New York and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

  • A worker is entitled to a properly erected/assembled and maintained scaffold with proper and secure guard rails installed along any open sides of the scaffold.
  • The scaffold also must have secure planking on which the worker will stand when he/she works.
  • In addition to the proper erection/assembly of the scaffold, the worker is entitled to be provided with a body harness which is attached to a lifeline or lanyard. This necessary safety device protects the worker from falling to the ground if he falls from the scaffold.
  • A proper anchorage point for the lifeline/lanyard located above the worker that is capable of holding 5,000 pounds.

The construction accident lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy fight to protect the rights of those injured, or tragically killed, in construction scaffold-related accidents. We are committed to helping injured construction workers and their families during a very difficult time. Our clients appreciate the care, attention and expertise we bring to their cases. Our attorneys not only have extensive knowledge and experience in this area of law, but are at the forefront of the laws' changes and developments. If a construction worker is injured or killed after a scaffold accident or any work related accident, the law permits injured workers or family members of a killed worker to seek compensation for their significant losses, including medical expenses, lost wages, and past and future pain and suffering. Block O'Toole & Murphy works to maximize our clients' recovery under the law and to bring comfort, support and relief to their sad stories. You can learn more about the firm by reviewing our website at For a free consultation you may contact us at 212.736.5300.

Other Related Results:

  • $5,030,572 Verdict for a construction worker injured after a scaffold tipped over (New York State Supreme Court, Kings County, Index Number: 44834/1994)

  • $5,000,000 Verdict for a Carpenter who fell from a scaffold (New York State Supreme Court, Kings County, Index Number: 35021/2007)

  • $3,700,000 Verdict for an asbestos worker who fell from a scaffold (New York State Supreme Court, Kings County, Index Number: 12766/2000)

  • $3,500,000 Settlement for a carpenter injured while assembling a scaffold (New York State Supreme Court, New York County, Index Number: 112861/2005)

  • $2,600,000 Settlement for a union laborer who fell from a scaffold (New York State Supreme Court, New York County, Index Number: 115869/2007)

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