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New York Construction Accident Attorney Anthony Gair: Current State of Construction Accident Law

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Published on Jan 13, 2012

A partner at Gair Gair Conason Steigman Mackauf Bloom and Rubinowitz, (http://www.gairgair.com/) Anthony Gair is recognized among his peers as an expert in New York Construction Accident Law. A New York 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. New York Labor Law Section 240 contains special provisions protecting workers who have suffered injury or death by or on scaffolds, ladders, hoists, stays, slings, hangers, pulleys, irons, ropes, blocks, braces and other similar devices. This unique section of the New York Labor Law, commonly known as the "Scaffolding Law," allows construction workers in New York to bring lawsuits against a property owner or general contractor who violates this section, rendering them strictly liable for a workers injury or death as a result of inadequate or missing safety equipment at elevated work sites. Labor Law Section 240 also protects workers from "falling objects" at a construction site where an object falls and injures a worker due to a violation of the safety provisions of that section of law.

In this seminar, Labor Law/Construction Site Accidents in New York, presented by the New York State Bar association on December 9, 2011 Gair discusses section 240(1) cases including Runner v New York Stock Exch., Inc. (13 NY3d 599, 603 [2009]), Salazar v.Novalex Contracting Corp., et al., decided by The Court of Appeals on November 21, 2011 and Wilinski v. 334 East 92nd Housing Development Fund Corp., et al., decided October 25, 2011, 2011 NY Slip Op 7477 among other recent cases and the current trends in the law.

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