Recently, three construction workers almost fell from the 17thy floor of  construction work site on the Upper East side.  At the time, the three workers were spotted dangling from the scaffolding, hanging on a 75 degree angle.  However, the three workers were rescued when a NYPD officer from the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit retrieved them.  The workers included a 35 year old man, and two other men at 45 and 47 years old.  Read more:

According to the New York State Department of Labor, violations of any provision of the Labor Law, the Industrial Code, or any rule, regulation, or lawful order of the Department of Labor is a misdemeanor. See:

Under the 2007 Workers’ Compensation Reform Law, the New York State Department of Labor must administer two programs.   In order to make workplaces safer and reduce workers’ compensation costs, one program is required, while the other is voluntary.  The mandatory program, which is known as the Compulsory Workplace Safety and Loss Prevention Program, requires a comprehensive safety and loss prevention consultation and evaluation for an employer with: an annual payroll of over $800,000; and a workers’ compensation experience modification rating of more than 1.20.  According to the New York State Department of Labor’s website, the NY Compensation Insurance Rating Board issues notices to employers that must participate in the Program.  Employers that do not start a program will receive a 5% surcharge on the manual portion of their workers’ compensation premium. The surcharge goes up 5% for every year they do not comply. Employers that comply should see improved experience ratings and lower workers’ compensation costs.  To get more information about the Workplace Safety and Loss Prevention Programs, see

If you or someone you know has been affected by a violation of labor laws or safety regulation, the lawyers at Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC, have extensive experience in handling all matters of labor disputes regarding wage and hour law, child labor law, safety violations, and workers compensation lawsuits.  Victims of such offenses may be entitled to compensation. For more information or a consultation, contact Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC at 1-800-585-4658 or 516-873-9550.