How Labor Law Section 240 Protects Construction Workers

On May 9, 2019, in Message/News Board, by John A. Weber IV, ESQ.

Construction workers often have to work hard, under life-threatening conditions. Such conditions or challenges multiply the chances of accidents that can often result in death. Even if they survive from their injuries, their life changes completely because of the nature or severity of them.

What is section 240?

According to experienced construction accident attorneys in the Bronx, a lot of them struggle to get the compensation they deserve. It is mainly because of their lack of knowledge about Labor Law Section 240.

Section 240 is known as Scaffolding Law. The main purpose of this law was to protect construction workers from injury because of falls or any falling objects. According to the experienced construction accident attorneys in the Bronx, you can’t claim compensation unless one of two conditions is fulfilled:

  • You fall from an elevation. 
  • For example:
    • Scaffold or ladder without the required safety device.
    • The safety device malfunctioned.
  • Tool or debris falls from an elevation you were working under.

Many additional conditions have to be considered while filing a construction accident lawsuit to claim the compensation you expect and deserve. Just remember, understanding these points is not enough to jump in a file a claim. A lot of things have to be done. There are many more things that only an experienced construction accident attorney in the Bronx can explain. Their wealth of experience and knowledge can be the help you need.

The Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC, a reputed group of experienced construction accident attorneys in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Staten Island, New York, Nassau County, Suffolk County, and Manhattan is the right help for you.

There are many more things that only an experienced construction accident attorney in the Bronx can explain. Their wealth of experience and knowledge can be the help you need. The Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC, a reputed group of experienced construction accident attorneys in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Staten Island, New York, Nassau County, Suffolk County, and Manhattan is the right help for you.

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Motor Vehicle Accident Long Island

Motor vehicle accidents result in injuries and untimely deaths. One such tragedy has occurred in Long Island City where a bicycle rider lost his life in a collision with a car.

The details of the Accident:

The deceased has been identified as Robert Spencer, 53. He was riding his bicycle when he was fatally struck by a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze on Borden Avenue in the Hunter’s Point neighborhood. This fatal motor vehicle accident happened just before 8 a.m. on Thursday morning.

The Chevy Cruze involved in this accident was heading south on Second Street at the time of the accident. It was being driven by a 51-year-old woman. She remained at the scene after the accident but was not charged by police.

The cause of the accident:

According to police, Spencer was crossing at the red light when he was hit. Unfortunately, New York Police Department’s Press Office could not confirm this. Instead, the cause of this accident is being investigated, according to the NYPD Press office.

Spencer lost his life in the accident, just a few blocks away from his residence. This is an ongoing investigation. Keep coming back to our website for future updates.

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Derailed Motor Vehicle Accident
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/26/nyregion/lirr-train-collision-accident.html

Many people lose their lives because of motor vehicle accidents in the US every year. Most of these mishaps happen on road. However, at times, such mishaps involve trains as well. One such accident has occurred on the tracks of the Long Island railroad.

The whole story of this deadly motor vehicle accident:

This deadly accident happened around 7:30 p.m. near the Westbury Station on Tuesday. According to officials, a passenger vehicle was approaching a warning gate at the tracks. The driver decided to drive around the gate and proceeded to collide with a commuter train that was bound for Manhattan.

Suddenly, another train coming from the opposite direction also struck the vehicle. According to Mr. Patrick Ryder, Nassau County Police Chief, the passenger vehicle was trying to beat the warning gate and the train was running at full speed at the time of the collision.

The impact of the collision was so powerful that one of the trains involved in this motor vehicle accident was derailed, struck the station and demolished at least 30 yards of concrete.

“The passenger vehicle was pushed towards the second moving train by the impact of the collision with the first train,” said Mr. Phillip Eng, The President of LIRR (Long Island Railroad). According to him, the warning gate and lights were fully functional.

Any Casualty?

This fatal motor vehicle accident has resulted in at least three deaths as well. The identities of all three casualties have not been revealed by authorities so far.

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Deadly car crash

Even slight negligence while driving can prove to be fatal. This reality proved true in Long Island during a police chase Saturday night, resulting in multiple injuries and fatalities.

The details of the accident:

According to authorities, the car involved in the accident was stolen. The mishap occurred at about 11:50 p.m. on Route 25 near Birchwood Park Drive in Middle Island.

Police from Suffolk County reported an officer saw a Nissan Rogue failing to stop at a stop sign. The car was also being driven recklessly on Main Street in Yaphank. The car itself had been reported stolen on Thursday from Montauk Highway in East Patchogue. The driver of the car was identified as a teen named Nahriek Belford, 17.

The police officer tried to stop the car; however, the driver chose to flee. This is when the officer started chasing the car and called for the backup, say the police. 

The accident resulted when the stolen Nissan struck a Honda CRV turning left on to Birchwood Park Drive, as the Nissan sped west on Route 25.

What about the casualties and injuries?

The accident claimed three lives. One of the victims is Nahriek Belford’s own brother, Angelo Belford, 16, who was riding in the Nissan. The other two people who died in this crash are Jerry Weingarten, 72, and Randee Weingarten, 71; the couple was in the CRV. All three victims died at the scene.

Two passengers in the Nissan suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries, in this crash. Both of them were immediately rushed to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment.

What else?

The police have impounded both vehicles for a safety check. Nahriek Belford has been charged by the police with one count of reckless endangerment. These charges are expected to be upgraded by the police. Since it was a single officer in the chase, Suffolk County police have initiated investigations to see if pursuit protocols were followed or not.

The detectives are requesting anybody who is an eye-witness to this fatal motor vehicle accident to please contact them.

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