Construction Accident FAQs

What are the most common types of construction accidents?

The most common types of construction accidents involve falls, including falls from scaffolds and ladders.

How do scaffold accidents and ladder accidents usually occur?

Scaffold and ladder accidents are usually caused by negligent construction and maintenance of a scaffold or ladder, or a failure to provide workers with protection from the hazards of working at a height. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed because of a fall from a height on a job site, talk to the attorneys at Bonina & Bonina, P.C.

When a contractor or owner fails to provide appropriate safety equipment, the result can be falls that cause catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. Our personal injury lawyers have the training and determination required to investigate scaffold and ladder accidents and pursue any necessary litigation.

Who can be held responsible for scaffold accidents?

The dangers involved in construction work and scaffolding work led the New York State Legislature to pass laws (known as Labor Law Section 240) to protect construction workers who are exposed to elevation-related risks. These laws put the responsibility for scaffold safety on owners and contractors for the following:

  • Negligent scaffold construction: Falls from scaffolds often occur as a result of negligent scaffold construction. Owners, general contractors and employers have an obligation to ensure that workers on scaffolds are safe and falls are prevented.
  • Negligent safety precautions: Most scaffolding accidents and injuries caused by falling workers or falling objects are caused either by the planking or the support collapsing, or by falls due to a lack of guards or a lack of safety lines or netting. In our investigation, we will determine how the accident happened.

Who can be held responsible for ladder accidents? 

Ladder accidents occur when ladders with worn feet are used and slip out, or when the wrong type of ladder is given to a worker, causing it to fail. This can cause an unsafe condition which results in serious injury. Workers performing construction work on ladders are protested by Labor Law Section 240, which puts responsibility on owners and contractors.

Accidents can occur because workers are given the wrong type of ladder or equipment that is iin poor condition. Owners, general contractors and employers have an obligation to ensure that workers are given the right equipment for the job and tools that are in safe working condition.

What are other types of accidents can occur at construction sites?

Falls are the most common types of construction related accident. In addition tpo falls from scaffolds or ladders, falls also occur because of debris and poor housekeeping at job sites. General Contractors are required by law to keep walkways clear of debris, but all too often this rule is ignored.

What should someone do if they witness an accident or observe unsafe conditions?

If someone is hurt they should call 911. They should give their name to the police as a witness to the accident. If a worker witnesses an unsafe condition they should notify the site safety manager or the foreman on the job.

What should I do if I am injured working at a construction site?

The first thing you should do is get the necessary medical treatment, and then contact experienced construction accident attorneys. The attorneys at Bonina and Bonina, P.C. know the regulations that are supposed to be followed at construction and demolition sites, and they work to ensure that the rights of all injured workers are protected. The construction injury lawyers at Bonina & Bonina, P.C. have been successful in proving the liability of owners and contractors where workers fell from scaffolds as a result of not being given the proper safety equipment, or were injured by falling objects.

The sooner you call an attorney, the sooner we can begin investigating the scaffold accident. An early investigation and prompt reporting of any safety violations to OSHA are key in preserving evidence and protecting the rights of an injured worker.

Scaffolding and ladder accidents result in thousands of injuries yearly. Falls, including falls from scaffolds, are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. Call (718) 522-1786 for a free consultation with a lawyer who is thoroughly knowledgeable about scaffold and ladder accidents.

Most people think that all attorneys are alike. What are the benefits of using an attorney that is experienced in handling construction related injury claims?

In New York State there are special laws that were enacted to protect workers, especially workers at construction sites. Although the laws may seem straightforward, there are literally thousands of cases interpreting them, and attorneys who are not familiar with the intricacies of these cases will not be able to get the full benefit of these laws for their clients. At Bonina and Bonina, P.C. we have successfully applied these laws to obtain decisions and verdicts for our clients that have led to multimillion dollar recoveries. Unfortunately, many attorneys are not even aware these laws exist.

Bonina and Bonina, P.C. has extensive experience in handling construction accident cases. Our seasoned attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience and have obtained many multi-million dollar recoveries on behalf of injured workers. If you or a loved one was injured while working at a construction site you should contact the Bonina and Bonina, P.C. toll free at :1 – 888 – MEDLAW 1 or click here for a free consultation.



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