Are there specific and unique statutes in New York State protecting construction workers?

Yes. The New York State Labor Law, especially Labor Law Section 240, protects workers in many situations who are injured in an accident involving either the worker falling or something falling upon a worker.

These would be cases, for example, in which you may have fallen from a ladder or a scaffold or in which something from above fell on you.

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