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Do fewer safety inspections contribute to more construction accidents?

As we've discussed in previous blogs, construction-related injuries and deaths in New York have risen dramatically in recent years. And with the fate of the New York Labor Law in flux, it remains uncertain if conditions will change for construction workers.

3 reasons why New York needs to keep its Scaffolding Law

Construction workers in New York are protected by the state's Scaffolding Law -- otherwise known as New York Labor Law §240. Specifically, this law holds property owners and contractors liable for worker injuries when they fail to provide proper safety equipment, including properly installed scaffolding.

Does New York law protect undocumented construction workers?

When undocumented construction workers are injured on-the-job, many are afraid to seek compensation for their injuries. Some fear possible deportation, while others may think they simply do not have any legal rights because of their immigration status.

Will lawmakers change New York's Scaffolding Law this year?

Given that New York has one of the toughest scaffolding laws in the country, it is no surprise that many business associations, property owners and large contractors are constantly trying to get this law amended or eliminated, particularly since it has the potential to impact their bottom line. This year, however, they might get their wish as lawmakers recently introduced legislation that will, if passed, change this century-old law.

Should contractors face criminal liability for worker injuries? New bill says yes.

If one New York lawmaker has his way, developers and contractors will soon face a lot more than fines if they violate safety rules and a construction worker is injured as a result.

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