Construction Accidents & Labor Law

Despite modern building techniques, construction sites remain hazardous to both workers and passersby. As with products liability cases, the hands-on experience of CGM attorneys with tools and machinery provides a firm footing for determining the hows and whys of a construction accident. We are also well-versed in the intricacies of the Labor Law and the Federal and State rules and regulations concerning construction projects.

A CGM client was seriously injured when a make-shift scaffold he erected collapsed while he was painting a boat in his employer's shipyard. Who would think that a law governing construction of buildings applied to shipbuilding? The CGM attorneys successfully argued that the boat was a structure covered under a provision of New York's Labor Law which placed absolute liability upon owners of structures for accidents occurring because of insufficient scaffolding. Even though the injured worker was at fault for placing the scaffolding, a substantial recovery was obtained for the client because the Judge agreed that the Labor Law applied to the case.

CGM attorneys are known for thinking "outside of the box."

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