Ladder accidents on New York construction sites can result in broken bones, neck injuries and even death.
Broken or unsteady ladders can lead to serious New York construction injuries including spinal cord injuries, broken bones, neck injuries, paralysis and even death. Often, when construction workers suffer such injuries in a ladder accident, the employer or third party can be held accountable. Upon investigation, many New York construction accident attorneys find that the condition of the ladder, as well as the safety of the construction site, is questionable.
Most construction workers who are injured in ladder accidents fall off the ladder when it collapses or is unsteady. A improperly designed, maintained, or used ladder can tip or collapse under the weight of the worker, causing him or her to fall. In order to limit the number of these accidents, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforces several regulations regarding ladder use. For instance, OSHA requires that all damaged ladders should be tagged as "Dangerous. Do Not Use." Other safety precautions for use include:
- Ladders should be put on secure footing or held in position
- Ladders used to reach a roof must extend at least three feet above the point of support
- When climbing the ladder, the construction worker should always face the ladder
- Short ladders should never be spliced together to form a longer ladder
- Ladders should not be used in the horizontal position as work platforms
- The top of a stepladder should never be used as a step
- Metal ladders should never be used near electrical equipment
- Ladders should be inspected regularly
- Ladders should be kept in good condition
Unfortunately, some employers ignore these precautions, allowing their construction employees to work on a hazardous construction site.
Ladder Failure and New York Injury Lawyers
If negligence is the cause of a construction worker's ladder failure injuries, the victim may have grounds to file an injury claim. An experienced New York construction accident lawyer will investigate the construction site, the equipment in question, and the applicable laws and regulations to determine if negligence has occurred. If so, a New York construction accident lawsuit could recover compensation for the victim's medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you have been injured in a ladder accident, fill out our FREE case evaluation form. Our attorneys have extensive experience investigating construction accident claims, including ladder accidents, and may be able to recover the compensation you need to get back on your feet. Serving Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx and all of New York State.
The Law Firm of Block O'Toole & Murphy has extensive experience litigating and recovering compensation for our clients in ladder accident lawsuits.
Our recent ladder injury case results include:
- $5,900,000 for a bricklayer who fell during a school renovation project when the ladder slid out from under him
- $5,885,000 settlement for non-union worker who was told to stand on a ladder on top of a scaffold
- $5,500,000 for an electrician who was not provided with fall protection when he climbed a 28-foot aluminum extension ladder
- $5,000,000 verdict for an electrician helper who fell 12 feet to the ground when the ladder slipped
- $4,900,000 for an electrician who fell from a wobbly ladder while working on a school's HVAC system
- $4,200,000 for union plasterer who fell from an A-frame ladder when a rung broke free
- $3,750,000 for a non-union laborer who fell from an unsecure ladder positioned on a second-level roof
- $3,500,000 for a plumber's helper who sustained a traumatic brain injury after fall from a 12-foot A-frame ladder
- $3,100,000 for a worker who was using a drill to install a camera when the ladder started to wobble and he was caused to fall
- $3,000,000 for a carpenter who struck his head and wrist as a result of a ladder fall during a Midtown East luxury apartment project
- $2,900,000 for an HVAC worker who fell when the ladder became unstable at a Manhattan hospital
- $2,750,000 settlement in Nassau County case for worker who fell 13 feet from an extension ladder
- $2,400,000 for a laborer working on oil, water, and fuel lines at a Queens building when his ladder suddenly slid out from under him
- $2,200,000 for a plumber's assistant who fell approximately 7 feet to the ground when his ladder became unsteady
- $1,750,000 for a worker who was told to paint a ceiling beam and fell to the ground from his ladder atop a scaffold
- $1,725,000 for a welder injured in a ladder fall during a new construction project in the Bronx
- $1,325,000 for a carpenter who fell from a ladder while attempting to patch a section of a wall with sheet rock
- $1,250,000 for an electrician struck by machinery while working on a ladder
- $1,250,000 for a refrigeration apprentice who fell to the sidewalk from an extension ladder
- $1,175,000 settlement for a HVAC mechanic who fell when the top of his extension ladder began to slide and tip over
- $1,000,000 for a plumber who fell as a result of an unsecure ladder at a two-story Nassau County building