Workers injured on construction sites have workers compensation to pay the lost wages and small portion of their wages (maximum of $400). However, these workers also have an alternate remedy pursuant to the New York Labor Law. Labor Law 240(1) protects workers who fell from a height or were struck by a falling object. Labor Law 241(6) protects workers pursuant to numerous regulations including but not limited to slippery surfaces, tripping hazards and unsecured ladders.
Recently, it was reported that a construction worker fell approximately 20 feet from a roof on Erie Blvd. This worker would likely be entitled to compensation from the owner of the building pursuant to Labor Law 240(1).
For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Worksite Injuries and Workers Compensation.