This past weekend, New York City experienced not only its first significant snowfall of the 2015/2016 winter season, but also a record breaking blizzard. While the winter white landscape is beautiful to look at, it harbors the very real peril of slip and fall accidents as the melting and freezing snow turns surfaces slippery with ice.
Last time, we mentioned the importance for businesses of managing liabilities for premises liability claims. These include not only slip and fall type cases, but also other premises liability claims, including those involving violent crime, wrongful prevention of theft, food poisoning and accidents which occur on construction sites.
For business, managing liabilities is critical for ensuring ongoing success of the enterprise, and this includes managing liabilities stemming from accidents occurring on business property. In order to avoid liability, it is important to have a clear understanding of how premises liability may attach to a business here in the state of New York. For those who are harmed understanding the law is important for assessing whether litigation is a valid possibility.
Throughout New York City, it’s common to see buildings covered in skeletal frames of metal bars and wooden planks. This is due in part to the current construction boom as well as the city's Scaffold Safety Law. The law was enacted in an effort to protect construction workers who must perform work at heights and outlines several requirements with regard to when scaffolds must be used and how they must be constructed and maintained.