The laws governing construction accidents in New York are unique. In fact, unlike many other states, the laws here are overwhelmingly favorable to the safety of the construction worker – especially when it comes to accidents involving falls. In New York, if a construction worker falls from a ladder or scaffold, the owner of the site, as well as any of the owner’s general contractors, or agents, are 100% responsible for the accident, even if they were not there when it happened, and even if the worker’s own negligence was one of the causes of the fall. There are of course exceptions for 1-2 family home owners, as well as an exception if the fall is only caused by the worker’s own negligence (which is rather difficult to prove). Even as an attorney who represents the injured, I have to admit that on the surface this seems a little one-sided. But let’s take a quick, closer examination of what I believe to be behind this – the “why”.