There are many state labor laws that have been put into place to protect the parties involved. One such law is The New York Labor Law, NY Code Section 241. This particular law has to do with construction, excavation and demolition work. Basically, it provides an outline of the requirements for how the areas of construction should be controlled.

While Section 240 protects workers in gravity-related accidents, Section 241 of the New York Labor Law protects workers who are injured on ground-level sites, such as construction, demolition or excavation.[1] The law was written so that it protects any workers who are injured due to the following:

  • Water accidents, including drowning
  • Tripping accidents
  • Injuries from chemicals or air contamination

Because of this particular Labor Law, construction companies and contractors must follow very specific regulations regarding how the site is constructed, arranged, operated, guarded, conducted and equipped. It is important to remember that these laws were initially put into place in order to protect construction workers across the State of New York.

It is important to know that this Labor Law places liability on the contractors and property owners for any type of injuries sustained due to violation of any of the rules. This type of liability is called ‘vicarious liability,’ which means that either of the involved parties may be liable even though they were unaware that a safety violation had been made. It is essential that workers know what the safety guidelines are and that they follow these safety measures at all times.

When a worker is injured on a construction site, it is important that they take the time to consult with an experienced attorney regarding the specifics. A qualified attorney is the only one who can help you decide whether or not you might have a case because of the different sections of the Labor Law, as it can be confusing for those who don’t deal with it on a daily basis. If you have been injured at work, then attorney Jayson Lutzky can help. With over 32 years of legal experience in New York, he may be able to help get monetary compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical bills. Mr. Lutzky has recovered millions for past clients. Call 718-514-6619 to schedule your free in-person consultation and visit to learn more about Jayson Lutzky, P.C.