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The Labor Law Section 240, also known as the “Scaffolding Law“, states that owners and general contractors of construction sites must provide workers with the proper fall protection equipment when they are required to work at heights. However, if you or a loved one has incurred an injury or wrongful death in a scaffolding accident, you have the right to claim compensation.

The Three Main Laws

There are three main laws in place to protect those working or passing by scaffolding:

  1. The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992. This Act states that employers and/or those in control of workers are obliged to provide personal protective equipment wherever there is a risk of injury associated with a task. The regulations for proper maintenance and instructions need to be provided to ensure that all safety equipment is appropriately used by employees.
  1. The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. These regulations state that workers must be provided with equipment that is safe and suitable for the job to be conducted. The regulations also specify that any equipment provided must be accompanied by appropriate personal protective equipment and that appropriate training regarding use of the equipment must be provided.
  1. The Work at Height Regulations 2005. These regulations apply to all work conducted at heights, where there is a risk of a worker falling and sustaining a personal injury. The regulations provide for employers and those in control of the workers must be properly planned and organized, so that those working at a height have the necessary training and appropriate safety equipment made available to them. The regulations also provide for inspection and maintenance of the equipment to ensure the safety of the individual working at a height and for those around them.

Types of Scaffolding Accidents That Can be claimed

The different types of scaffolding accidents that can be claimed include:

  • Inadequate safety procedures
  • Weak planking
  • Insecure or non-existent bracing
  • Insufficient on-the-job training
  • No protective gear issued or worn on the job
  • Injuries caused by a falling load

Talk to An Attorney for Your Scaffolding Accident’s Claim

If you or a loved one has incurred an injury or wrongful death in a scaffolding accident due to someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation. Contact our scaffolding accident attorney to discuss your case.


Scaffoldings are necessary at many construction sites. They offer access to work areas that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to reach by workers. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 65% of construction workers use a scaffolding in their daily occupation. To avoid injuries to construction workers, OSHA carefully regulates scaffolding installation and maintenance. However, many construction companies ignore the regulations set by OSHA, resulting in thousands of construction site accidents every year.

What are the Common Causes of Scaffolding Accidents?

Scaffolding accidents are often caused due to negligence. Some of the specific circumstances that may cause a scaffolding accident include:

  • Failure to assemble the scaffolding properly
  • Failure to maintain the scaffolding adequately
  • Failure to install critical safety features like handrails, guardrails, bars or similar devices
  • Failure to secure the scaffolding properly
  • Failure to safeguard the scaffolding in inclement weather, creating slippery conditions

A scaffold accident may also be caused by defective scaffolding equipment, wooden planks or boards that are used to create the scaffold platform may break under the weight. A worker may also fall from the scaffolding because protective equipment such as tethers were not used or were improperly secured.

Scaffold components which are most often missing and cause accidents are:

  • Base plates and mud sills
  • Scaffold ties
  • Side brackets
  • Guard railing
  • Toe boards
  • Work platform decking
  • Fastening pins
  • Lock pins

In a nutshell, any negligent behavior on the part of those responsible for constructing and maintaining a scaffolding may constitute grounds for compensation. There are strict regulations and standards which apply to scaffolding assembly, erection and dissembling. Scaffolding accidents are almost always preventable and can be controlled by compliance with OSHA standards.

Injured in a Scaffolding Accident? Call 917-300-0797/718-619-4525 for a Scaffolding Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured in a scaffolding accident, you may be eligible for compensation. You need the help of a scaffolding accident lawyer to help you throughout the compensation process. The scaffolding accident lawyer at the Dervishi Law Group, P.C. can help. You can call us at 917-300-0797/718-619-4525 or email at fdervishi@dervishilaw.com.


If you have been injured in a scaffolding accident at a construction site, you may suffer serious and disabling injuries. According to the New York Labor Law, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries.  After an injury is recorded, the worksite is inspected and investigated by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). If safety guidelines mandated by OSHA are not adhered to, it can lead to fines and loss of license. It is statistically proven that work sites that follow OSHA safety guidelines have fewer work related injuries.

The following are the OSHA regulations for workers using scaffolds:

OSHA Training Requirement: OSHA mandates training for the workers regarding:

  • OSHA regulations and standards
  • Erecting and dismantling scaffolding
  • Use of appropriate personal protective equipment,
  • Fall protection.
  • Material handling
  • Access-passageways and stairs should be clear and free of debris. Rebar should be capped and clearly illuminated.
  • Working platforms
  • Foundations
  • Planning

In addition to initial training, OSHA requires employers to retrain their employees when appropriate.

OSHA Fall Protection Requirements: OSHA requires fall protection for scaffolding. The type of fall protection requirement varies according to the type of scaffolding. According to OSHA standards, an employer is responsible for providing fall protection.

OSHA Restrictions on Power Line Proximity: According to OSHA standards, depending on the type of electric lines and voltage, scaffolding should be at least three to ten feet away from live power lines. If this regulation is not abided by, it may result in electrocutions, fire and explosion accidents.

Violations of OSHA Standards: If an employer fails to follow these safety standards, it may result in fines, stop work orders and loss in licensing.

Scaffolding Accident Attorneys in New York

If you or someone you know is injured in any type of scaffolding accident, contact a scaffolding attorney who is familiar with New York Labor Law. At Dervishi Law Group, P.C., we are very familiar with the special provisions of the New York Labor Law that deal with injuries sustained by falls from scaffolds and ladders by construction workers on the work site. We pride ourselves on helping scaffold and ladder accident victims throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Westchester County and Rockland County obtain compensation for their injuries and financial loss.

Call (917) 300-0797 for a consultation with one of our experienced scaffolding accident attorneys.



Scaffolds are temporary platforms allowing work to be done above ground level. Scaffolding is used in construction sites, remodelling projects, and various other contracted jobs. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, nearly 5,000 construction workers are injured in scaffolding accidents every year. Even though the number of scaffolding accidents has drastically decreased over the last 30 years, it still poses a serious threat to construction workers nationwide. Injuries sustained from faulty scaffolds can be extremely severe, life-altering, and potentially fatal.

Some of the common injuries that occur due to scaffolding accidents are:

  • Broken bones– A worker can suffer fractured and shattered bones due to the force of a fall.
  • Amputations– Falling from scaffolds into broken planks, sheered metal or even falling debris can cut limbs or cause infections that may require medical amputation.
  • Impaling– Broken rods and wood can be extremely sharp and the force of a fall could drive these objects into the body.
  • Traumatic brain injuries– The impactful force of falling from scaffolds can cause brain damage and skull fractures.
  • Spinal cord injuries– A worker falling on his back may suffer swelling, bleeding, haemorrhaging and spinal tears.
  • Paralysis- Falling from scaffolds may also cause paralysis to the worker, stopping him from undertaking any kind of work in the future.
  • Wrongful death– Falling, getting struck by falling debris, and having scaffolding collapse could all potentially cause fatal injuries including internal or excessive bleeding, broken necks, and brain haemorrhages, some of which can lead to death.

Scaffolding injuries can be brutal, causing you a lifetime of pain and suffering. Following the basic safety measures can often prevent scaffolding accident injuries. Always stay alert and secured while working on scaffolds, and always pay attention to your surroundings for possible signs of danger.

Contact Our Scaffolding Accidents Attorney at 917-300-0797/ 718-619-4525

If you have been injured in a scaffolding accident, you should talk to a scaffolding accident attorney to represent you and help protect your rights. At Dervishi Law Group, P.C. we pride ourselves on helping scaffolding accident victims. You can call us at 917-300-0797/ 718-619-4525 or email fdervishi@dervishilaw.com. To find out more, visit our website- www.dervishilaw.com


Scaffolding accidents are one of the most common types of construction accidents. Scaffolding accidents can lead to fatal injuries which may accrue astronomical medical bills. According to the statistics of U.S. Department of Labor, every year nearly 5000 workers suffer injuries, and more than 60 people die due to scaffolding accidents. These accidents can be avoided by taking the appropriates measures.

The following are some safety tips to avoid scaffolding accidents:

  • Scaffolds should be erected only on solid footing
  • Scaffolds should be able to hold their own weight and four times the maximum intended load to be applied or transmitted on the scaffold.
  • Scaffolding should be designed, built and erected by trained and experienced workers.
  • Before initiating a job on a scaffold, each scaffold platform should be inspected for breaks, knots, or cracks.
  • Scaffolds should have protection equipment like guardrails, mid-rails and toe boards.
  • Scaffolds should be at least 10 feet away from electric power lines to avoid electrocution accidents.
  • Scaffolds should be erected, moved or altered only under the supervision of a competent person.
  • Tools and materials must be kept away from the site of scaffolding accidents.
  • If any scaffold accessories such as braces, brackets, trusses, screw legs or ladders are damaged, they must be replaced immediately.

Every worker must follow safety rules to avoid scaffolding accidents. If a worker fails to abide by the safety rules, he may suffer serious injuries. By filing a lawsuit, he may be able to claim compensation for his damages.

Scaffolding Accident Attorneys

If you have been injured in a scaffolding accident at a construction site, contact Dervishi Law Group, P.C. We are very familiar with the special provisions of the New York Labor Law that deal with injuries sustained by falls from scaffolds and ladders by construction workers on the work site. We pride ourselves in helping scaffold and ladder accident victims throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Westchester County and Rockland County obtain compensation for their injuries and financial loss.

Call us at (917) 300-0797 for a free case evaluation.