News reports indicate that a subcontractor hired by Apple Roofing erected the scaffolding on Binghamton University property. That scaffolding failed and several workers were injured. According to Mr. Bottar, whose practice is limited to representation of those catastrophically injured due to construction accidents, medical malpractice, birth injuries, defective products, and dangerous structures/roadways, “[t]he owner and the general contractor are the ones responsible when a scaffold fails and it leads to injury.”
NOTE: Because the property is owned by the State of New York, either individually or by and through the Dormitory Authority, there is very little time for the injured workers to act. More specifically, they have only 90 days (from the collapse) to file a document called a Notice of Intention to Claim.
According to Syracuse construction site accident lawyer Michael A. Bottar, Esq., New York State Labor Law section 240 should apply to this case. “The Labor Laws were designed to protect workers by shifting the burden of safety from the worker to those in a better position to ensure safety, such as those with better information about project safety, like the property owner and general contractor(s).”