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Understanding Construction Safety Laws in NY

Construction in NY can move rather slowly, and without the right construction accident lawyer in Suffolk County, your legal process could take just as long. Before local law 196 was passed, in New York City, construction workers only needed a required ten hours of training to work on buildings over ten stories tall. The new law, although it is still being tweaked, would require construction superintendents, site safety coordinators, or site safety managers to have received thirty hours of site safety training by December 1, 2019, and an additional ten hours of training by September 1, 2020. Workers will have to complete thirty hours of training by completing either:

  • A thirty-hour OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) class
  • A ten-hour OSHA class with twenty hours of additional training
    • 8-hour fall prevention
    • 8-hour chapter 33 or 4-hour general electives and 4-hour specialized electives
    • 4-hour supported scaffold user and refresher
  • A one hundred hour training program approved by the department

 

Supervisors, who need to complete sixty-two hours of training, will have to complete:

  • A thirty-hour OSHA class
  • 8-hour fall prevention
  • 8-hour Chapter 33
  • 4-hour supported scaffold user and refresher
  • A two-hour site safety plan
  • 2-hour toolbox talks
  • 2-hour pre-task safety meetings
  • 2-hour general electives
  • 2-hour specialized electives 
  • 2-hour drug and alcohol awareness

 

What Construction Accidents Could Cause Injury

A construction accident could involve a:

  • Scaffolding and ladder collapse or fall
  • Crane accident or crane wreck
  • Explosion
  • Heavy equipment-related accident or violation
  • Defective tools or equipment 
  • Falling objects
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals and substances
  • Lack of overhead protection
  • Falls from a high place (scaffolds, ladders, temporary platforms, etc.)
  • Construction site safety violations

If you were injured in any of these ways, contact a construction accident lawyer in Suffolk County. 

 

Do You Need a Lawyer?

Birzon and Associates have been serving Long Island and New York City accident victims since 1991. We have a no-fee guarantee, which means, you do not pay unless we win your case! If you need a top construction accident lawyer in Suffolk County, as well as New York City, look no further than Birzon and Associates. We have won over fifty million dollars for seriously injured construction accident victims. We embrace justice and responsibility and we are focused on helping our clients succeed in communicating in an open, collegial manner. Contact us today for a no-obligation, free consultation and let us be your construction accident lawyer in Suffolk County!

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