A scaffolding erected in Binghamton on June 2, 2010 collapsed yesterday, the first day it was put into use. The scaffolding, which was built alongside a dormitory as part of a multi-million dollar construction project underway at Binghamton University, was intended to be used to elevate construction workers assigned to the project.
According to the Syracuse work injury lawyers at Bottar Leone, PLLC, on June 3, 2010, six Syracuse-based Apple Roofing employees were on the scaffolding platform when it failed. Each of the men fell more than five stories to the ground, suffering severe personal injuries. One worker is in critical condition. OSHA, the organization responsible for investigating work injuries, such as New York construction workers injured in a fall, is reviewing the cause of the Binghamton construction accident.
While it is too early to tell who is responsible for the Binghamton scaffolding collapse, if anyone, there are several entities who could be responsible. By operation of the New York State Labor Laws, specifically section 240, all contractors, property owners, and their agents who are engaged in erection, demolition, repair, alteration, painting, cleaning or pointing of a building or structure may be liable for injuries where a construction worker falls from a height due to the lack of proper scaffolding, hoists, stays, ladders, slings, hangers, blocks, pulleys, braces, irons, ropes and other safety devices.
Our Syracuse workplace accident lawyers, handling Binghamton construction site falls, have decades of experience handling complex work injury claims around the State of New York including, for example, a construction worker injured in the infamous Marcy Bridge collapse (global settlement of $15,650,000.00), a construction worker crushed in a delivery accident ($3,000,000.00), a construction worker injured from a fall inside the Syracuse War Memorial ($2,100,000 jury verdict), and a construction worker injured when an Adirondack mine utility pole collapsed ($1,700,000.00).
Construction site accident cases can be complicated, expensive to prove, and take time. Who you hire to represent you is critical. When you select a lawyer, make sure s/he is properly qualified, with a history of results. To contact the Bottar Leone, PLLC, legal team call 1-800-336-5297, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.