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Lack of Protective Equipment Personal Injury Attorneys in New York

Construction sites and other job sites must abide by certain Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. These regulations often include the need for harnesses, eyewear, helmets and other protective equipment. When a worker experiences injury because his or her employer has not adhered to these standards, the worker may be eligible for compensation. If the company does not make job site safety clear, the company may be liable for any resulting injuries.

If you or someone you care about experienced injury or even wrongful death due to lack of protective equipment on a jobsite, it is possible to fight for recovery damages. The attorneys at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo (SPBMC) have decades of experience in personal injury cases. We work with individuals, but we also take workforce class action cases to court. Contact us today for a free consultation about your personal injury case.

Why Choose SPBMC Personal Injury Attorneys

The attorneys at SPBMC have served New York and New Jersey for decades. In the last 10 years alone, they have recovered $2 billion in settlements for their clients. Why choose SPBMC?

  • We handle all cases on a contingency-fee basis. The last thing you need after an injury is another expense. We do not receive payment unless you recover a settlement.
  • We are a full-service personal injury law firm, and one of the top firms in New York and New Jersey.
  • Our commitment to the community is evident in our legal service for the first responders of 9/11, and our service as general counsel for the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York.
  • We have recovered billions for our clients in the last decade.

Types of Protective Equipment on a Jobsite

Necessary safety equipment is plentiful on a construction site for building, remodeling, or demolition. Unfortunately, workers do not always use these items, or have access to them. What kind of safety equipment is common on a jobsite?

  • Helmets protect the skull and brain from impact (such as from falling debris, or falling from a ladder).
  • Harnesses protect workers high on railings, scaffoldings, or roofing from falling.
  • Protective eyewear (such as safety glasses) protects eyes from debris, chemicals, and particles.
  • Masks and respirators protect workers’ lungs from chemicals, debris, and dust, which put individuals at risk of mesothelioma.
  • Earmuffs and earplugs protect workers from hearing damage, as well as injury to their ears.

Failure to use any of these protective items often results in injury or health problems later on.

Who Is at Risk for Injuries Related to Failure to Use Protective Equipment?

The risk for injury related to lack of protective equipment is not limited to construction workers. Window cleaners, site inspectors, subway workers, city workers, road workers, and others face similar risks every day. Essentially, anyone who works in potentially hazardous conditions may be at risk from failing to use protective equipment.

Who Is Liable?

Every case is different in terms of liability. An accident or injury may be the fault of the employee; however, often it is the fault of someone else. The company for whom the employee works, or even a third party, may be responsible. Multiple parties share liability in some cases. Who may be liable?

  • Liability may fall on the contractor or company.
  • Liability may fall on the maker of the safety equipment.
  • Liability may fall on an outsourced safety training company.
  • The employee may share liability with one or more of these parties.

Legal Help

If you have experienced injury related to lack of protective equipment, do not hesitate to collaborate with an attorney. The right argument for your case can make a significant difference in the outcome, settlement, and recovery. Contact SPBMC for a free consultation.