Forklifts play critical and important roles on a construction site and allow material to be brought to the work area where it is needed. New York labor laws and regulations apply directly to accidents involving improperly lifted materials and loads that result in injuries to construction workers.
New York law requires forklifts/cranes to be in good working order and requires that they be inspected and maintained regularly. When this does not occur, or the forklift/crane is defective and material falls and injures a worker, the owner and general contractor involved in the project may be liable.
Liability may also arise in those situations where a worker’s hands become caught in the lifting machinery or the worker is struck by the lifting machinery due to failure to follow proper procedures or defective equipment.
If you or someone you know has been injured on a construction site call Gorayeb & Associates at 646-760-5841 for a free consultation.