The laws in New York governing workplace safety and the duties on building owners and general contractors are rather complex. So if you are injured on a construction site, you really should talk to a lawyer to determine whether or not any of these special laws apply, because if they do, you can have a very substantial recovery against the building owner and contractor. You would never be able to handle by yourself. It's just way too complex and complicated. So if you are injured on a construction site, even if you don't think it's anyone's fault, you should speak to a lawyer, because a building owner and a general contractor may be liable, even if they're not at fault, if there's a technical violation of one of these safety provisions for a safe workplace.