New York labor laws address construction site dangers

Written by
Abraham Jaros
Updated on Monday, Oct 23, 2023

New York has several laws that are meant to protect construction workers from unsafe conditions. These are found in the state’s labor laws, specifically Sections 200, 240 and 241. Each of these sections sets clear standards for what construction employees should expect when they are at work.

Section 200 provides general protections for the construction industry. The section specifically covers the equipment that is used on the site. Construction companies are supposed to ensure that equipment and the construction site as a whole are safe and in good condition for the workers.

Section 240 is a bit more specific. This one covers scaffolding and other equipment that helps to lift workers off the ground. It places strict liability on the construction companies when a worker is injured in a fall. This means that just about any fall that isn’t from ground-height would be covered under it.

Section 241 covers many other hazards that workers face. Some points include drowning, tripping, slipping, air contamination and chemical hazards. Construction companies have to set up, maintain and handle work zones and demolitions in a specific manner to keep in compliance with this section.

None of these sections add any burden to the workers, so don’t let your employer place the duty on you. If you are injured in a construction accident, you can take action that includes filing for workers’ compensation benefits. You may also be entitled to bring what is known as a third-party lawsuit where you get your worker’s compensation benefits from your employer, who you may not sue, but may also bring a lawsuit against the owner of the property or any of the general contractors or sub-contractors that may have held responsibility for causing your injury.

Source: Crystal & Company, “New York Labor Law 200, 240, and 241," accessed April 26, 2018

Get the advice and guidance you and your family need

You do not have to go through this alone.

At Jaroslawicz & Jaros, we have over 40 years of experience helping accident victims in New York recover compensation. The clients we represent benefit from the personal attention of our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys.

We Have Recovered Over $2 Billion for Our Clients.

The attorneys at Jaroslawicz & Jaros have obtained verdicts and settlements of over $1 Million for hundreds of our individual clients. Since all New York personal injury law firms generally charge the same legal fee why not hire an experienced law firm with a proven track record?

When you retain the New York City accident lawyers at Jaroslawicz & Jaros, you will always work directly with your lawyer, and not with a paralegal or secretary. We will always be available to you! Our hundreds of positive client reviews and testimonials speak for themselves.

Experience and a track record of results

Contact the attorneys at Jaroslawicz & Jaros for a free legal consultation regarding your rights and your legal options. If we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis so that you don’t have to worry about any upfront costs.

Contact us today for a free consultation

Picture of Abraham Jaros

You can reach partner Abraham Jaros directly, either call his cell 917-842-9544, or email him at Or call Jaroslawicz & Jaros at 212 227 2780 in New York, or toll free 800-269-2780, or submit an online questionnaire.