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Construction Accident Attorneys in Upstate NY

Each year, thousands of construction workers are injured or killed in accidents at construction sites throughout New York. Although construction companies are required under the State’s labor laws to inspect each site with safety engineers and implement safety measures, construction workers still face a greater risk of work-related injury and fatality than employees in any other U.S. industry.

New York labor laws were enacted to protect workers from construction-site work accidents.  Most of these accidents are avoidable and are the result of irresponsible parties not following the laws.

Some of the types of cases we handle involve:

  • Scaffolding Accidents
  • Ladder Accidents
  • Construction Site Falls
  • Run-Over by Operating Equipment
  • Collapses, Fires and Explosions
  • Welding Accidents
  • Unsafe/ Dangerous Equipment Accidents
  • Logging Accidents
  • Elevator Accidents
  • Structure Failure
  • Building Collapse
  • Supervisor Negligence
  • Fork Lift Accidents
  • Dumpster Accidents


A construction worker involved in a work-related accident will often have a claim against the general contractor and/or owner of the construction site pursuant to Sections 200, 240 and 241(6) of the New York State Labor Law. Section 200 of the New York State Labor Law codifies a common law obligation to use reasonable care in the maintenance of a work site.

New York Labor Law Section 240 contains special provisions for workers injured by or on scaffolds, ladders, hoists, stays, slings, hangers, pulleys, irons, ropes, blocks, braces and other similar devices. This unique section of the State’s Labor Law, commonly known as the “Scaffolding Law,” allows injured workers to bring lawsuits against a property owner or general contractor who violates this section, rendering them strictly liable for workers injured as a result of inadequate or missing safety equipment at elevated construction work sites.

Labor Law Section 240 also protects workers from “falling objects” at a work site where an object falls and injures a worker due to a violation of the safety provisions of that section of law. In addition, Section 241(6) of the New York State Labor Law imposes a duty upon the general contractor and/or owner to comply with all provisions of the New York State Industrial Code. Architects, subcontractors and manufacturers of equipment may also be held responsible for inadequate safety precautions.

If you have suffered an injury from a construction accident like these, you may be entitled to make a claim against the property owner and contractors.

The attorneys at Maynard O’Connor will handle all aspects of your case and guide you through this difficult time in your life. Our offices serve clients throughout New York’s Capital District as well as Hudson, Amsterdam, Ulster County and other areas of Upstate NY, with three convenient locations in Albany, Johnstown & Saugerties.

Let us help you recover. Give us a call at (800) 721-3553 or click here to schedule a FREE case review today.

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