What New York Residential Construction Workers Need to Know About Falls


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9/9/2011
The Pagan Law Firm, P.C.
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On September 15, 2011 the new OSHA directive concerning residential fall protection will go into effect. The new directive does not change existing regulations, but may change existing practices. The goal of the directive is to decrease the number of injuries and fatalities caused by residential construction falls every year.

While residential construction employers had, and still have, the legal responsibility to take certain steps to prevent fall injuries, OSHA has tightened the oversight and exceptions to using conventional fall protection methods. As a New York residential construction worker you should know that:
  • You have the right to conventional fall protection methods, which include guardrails, safety nets and personal arrest systems if you are working 6 or more feet off the ground.
  • If conventional fall protection methods are not used, the reasons must be documented by a qualified person.
  • You should be trained by your employer to recognize fall hazards and the potential consequences of falling. 

Most importantly, you have the right to protect yourself by speaking to your employer if you believe that you are not being adequately protected from falls and by speaking to an experienced New York accident attorney if you have been hurt or if you have lost a loved one in a New York construction fall.

For more information about your rights after a New York fall accident, please contact an experienced New York accident lawyer today at 1-800-PAGAN-911 for a free consultation about your legal rights and potential recovery.

Read More About Residential Fall Protection in our FREE Library Article: New York Residential Fall Protection - How You Should be Kept Safe 

Category: Construction Accidents


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