New York City Scaffolding Accident Lawyers

Attorneys with Top Results in New York Scaffold Accident Cases

Working with heavy equipment and building materials on the limited space of a scaffold is both difficult and dangerous for construction workers. Falls from scaffolds can result in injuries ranging in severity from sprains to death.

If you've been hurt as a result of a scaffolding accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. The attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy have some of the best results in scaffold injury cases in New York State. Notable verdicts and settlements include:

  • $7,000,000 settlement for worker who was hurt while dismantling a scaffold at a construction project in Astoria, Queens
  • $6,000,000 settlement in Brooklyn case for a worker who fell off an exterior scaffold
  • $5,885,000 jury verdict for a worker who fell when the scaffold moved
  • $5,030,572 verdict for a construction laborer who fell 25 feet from the scaffold when it tipped over

Scaffold accident cases are complex. Many parties may be liable, including the contractor, the subcontractor, engineers, site owner, and other party involved in the construction project. To speak with a lawyer skilled in litigating scaffold injury cases, simply call 212-736-5300 or fill out our Contact Form.

In 2016, the Law Firm of Block O'Toole & Murphy attained 3 of the 5 Highest Construction Accident Settlements in all of New York State. Call us today for a FREE, no-obligation consultation.

Scaffolding Accidents Result in Approximately 4,500 Injuries Every Year

According to OSHA statistics, it is estimated that scaffolding accidents result in 4,500 injuries and 50 deaths every year. If these accidents could be avoided, it would save American employers $90 million in lost wages. Many of these accidents occur when planking or supports give way, employees slip or trip, or falling objects strike workers on scaffolds. Defective or improperly assembled scaffolding is also a major cause of injury on construction sites. In order to avoid unnecessary hazards, all scaffolds should be assembled according to the manufacturer's instructions. Guardrails should be installed along open sides and at the ends of platforms and personal fall arrest systems should be worn by workers.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) defines a personal fall arrest system as a system used to arrest an employee in a fall from a working level. It consists of a full body harness that workers fasten with a lifeline to a secure anchorage and is designed to stop an employee from hitting a lower level or structure during a fall. Personal fall arrest systems include the following components:

  • Body Harness: The body harness is designed to minimize stress forces on a construction worker's body in the event of a fall from a scaffold, while providing sufficient freedom of movement to allow work to be performed.
  • Attachment Location: According to OSHA guidelines, the attachment of the body harness must be located in the center of the worker's back near the shoulder level, or above the head.
  • Vertical Lifeline/Lanyard: Vertical lifelines or lanyards must have a minimum breaking strength of 5,000 pounds, and should be protected against being cut or abraded. Each employee working on the scaffold should be attached to a separate vertical lifeline. Two employees can be attached to the same lifeline during the construction of elevator shafts as long as both employees are working atop a false car that is equipped with guardrails and the strength of the lifeline is 10,000 pounds.
  • Horizontal Lifeline: A horizontal lifeline is a pliable line rigged in a horizontal plane and secured at each end to an anchorage. The worker is connected to the line using a personal fall arrest system that moves with the worker between the two anchorage points.
  • Anchorages: Anchorages are used for the attachment of personal fall arrest equipment. They must be capable of supporting at least 5,000 pounds per employee attached and should be used under the supervision of a qualified individual.
  • Webbing: The webbing is the ropes and straps used in lifelines, lanyards, and strength components of body harnesses. It must be made from synthetic fibers.
  • Connectors: Personal fall arrest system connectors include D-rings and snaphooks. They must be made from drop-forged, pressed or formed steel, or equivalent materials and have a corrosion-resistant finish. They should also have smooth surfaces in order to prevent damage to connecting parts of the system. OSHA sets forth minimum strength requirements for D-rings and snaphooks.

New York Laws Protecting Workers

New York Labor Law section 240, also known as the "scaffold law," protects workers that have been injured on or around a scaffold. The law favors the injured worker in the case of scaffolding accidents, placing much of the liability for properly erecting, maintaining, and using scaffolding on those in charge of the construction site. Our lawyers know the laws of the state, and we use them to fight for our clients' right to compensation.

When construction accidents occur due to negligence in the construction or maintenance of the scaffolding, the injury victim may be able to recover compensation with the help of a New York accident attorney.

If you are a victim of a scaffolding accident, the law firm of Block O'Toole & Murphy is ready to help you today. We serve all of New York State, including the boroughs of Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.

Recent case results attained by the firm include:

  • $7,000,000 for union carpenter who was struck in the face while dismantling a scaffold
  • $6,000,000 for a union waterproofer who fell off an exterior scaffold while performing caulking work
  • $5,885,000 for an undocumented worker told to paint a ceiling beam by climbing a ladder on top of a scaffold
  • $5,030,572 for 31-year-old laborer who fell when scaffold tipped over
  • $5,000,000 for a carpenter who fell off a scaffold during a Brooklyn building renovation project
  • $3,700,000 for a worker removing asbestos from a school when he fell as a result of unsecure scaffold planks
  • $3,500,000 for union carpenter struck by metal beam during the erection of a scaffold
  • $3,411,000 for building superintendent struck by a brick that had fallen from a scaffold 9 to 10 stories above him
  • $3,400,000 for a union carpenter who fell to the concrete floor from a scaffold with no safety railings
  • $2,640,000 for a non-union construction worker who fell through a hole on the scaffolding floor
  • $1,750,000 for a worker who fell off a ladder on top of an unsteady scaffold during a construction project in Astoria, Queens
  • $1,475,000 for a laborer who sustained neck and back injuries after falling from a poorly-constructed scaffold
  • $1,400,000 for an asbestos handler who fell from a scaffold with no guardrails at a high school in Rochester, New York
  • $1,325,000 for a 24-year-old carpenter who fell from a ladder placed on top of an unsteady rolling Baker scaffold

Contact us today: 212.736.5300