New York – Labor laws are designed and passed to protect workers from work accident injuries. The New York State Labor Law 240 is one such law that was written to prevent work-related injury by requiring basic safety protocols and equipment for at-risk employees. Specifically, this so-called “scaffold law” was an answer to a well-known and specific problem of construction accidents due to hazardous conditions at work. However, some companies within the construction industry are attempting to have lawmakers cancel the law in an effort for them to make more money. The goal and specifics of the law were to require employers in construction companies to provide safety training and equipment, such as harnesses, hard hat helmets, protective goggles and the like. The most pressing of safety issues in construction sites is that of trip and fall accidents, especially a fall from a height at work. These types of work accidents are common, especially in the dangerous confines of an active construction zone.
When an employee reports that he fell at work or suffered some kind of on-the-job injury, the employer should immediately investigate what went wrong that led to the work injury and what must be done to prevent something similar in the future. Unfortunately, some bosses just care about making money and simply refuse to buy expensive safety equipment. Others half-heartedly provide some equipment but don’t provide the essential required training in the use and inspection of the equipment. Many workers have complained that improper or negligent maintenance of safety equipment is an even bigger problem than not providing the safety gear. They note that higher levels of risk in dangerous situations may be taken while relying on the protection gear to operate properly. However, when the gear breaks or malfunctions, the consequences can be devastating, including slip and falls, head injury, spinal injury, nerve damage and even wrongful death. Read more about this scaffold safety law as well as the attempts to cancel it here.
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