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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
Date:5/1/2013

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
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