Only Car Crashes Cause More Fatalities than This Workplace Hazard

Only car crashes cause more deaths in the workplace than falls at job sites (where workers fall to a lower level).   While the forces of gravity are rarely considered on the job site, gravity is a dangerous force that can kill.  Whether someone falls at the same level or to a lower level, the force of gravity can lead to serious injuries.  Fortunately in New York, special laws protect construction workers who face the dangers of gravity every day.  

Labor law 240 is meant to protect workers exposed to gravity related dangers by requiring general contractors and property owners the obligation to provide safety devices that protect workers.   It is little surprise that the greatest risk of death occurs when workers fall 30 feet or more.   However, falls from structures less than 6 feet can be equally dangerous.  In total 11% of all fatal falls to lower levels occurred from heights of less than six feet.  No matter what the height is, gravity creates dangers that should always be taken seriously and use of safety devices are imperative to prevent death. For more information about workplace safety click here.

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP