Scaffold Law Reform News
Scaffold Law Reform Day at the Capitol
- Published on 15 December 2014
Mark your calendars! On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, advocates will travel to Albany to discuss Scaffold Law reform with our elected officials.
This is your chance to make your voice heard! Registration is free, and you may bring guests.
Editorial: Eye Change to Scaffold Law
- Published on 12 December 2014
In today's Leader-Herald, the editorial board writes in strong support for Scaffold Law reform.
If Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature want to show New York state is open for business, one way would be to reform the Scaffold Law.
The Scaffold Law, also known as state Labor Law 240, was enacted in 1885 in response to the high number of injuries and fatalities associated with tall building construction throughout the state. The law makes property owners and contractors liable for any injury occurring from gravity-related accidents on work sites, without consideration of any negligence on the part of injured workers.
At a recent local event, Tom Stebbins, executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, said his organization would like to change that.
"We're actually looking to reform it so that liability is proportional to fault, so that we go to court and find out who is responsible for what, just like in every other state," Stebbins said.
Groups Call for Scaffold Law Reform
- Published on 08 December 2014
In today's Leader-Herald, Jason Subik covers a recent meeting of the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, where LRANY Executive Director Tom Stebbins called for reform of the Scaffold Law.
Mike Peters has owned a roofing business for 20 years, but until Thursday he'd never heard of New York state's "Scaffold Law." He was, however, aware of the sky-high cost of liability insurance for his business.
"Roofers insurance is very expensive. That's why we're here," Peters said.
Peters, along with seven of his 13-member crew, all wearing gray sweatshirts with red lettering that said "Mike Peters Construction," sat at table at the Holiday Inn munching bagels and sipping coffee while they watched Tom Stebbins, executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, give a presentation arguing for reform of the controversial law.
The breakfast event was hosted Thursday by the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber President Mark Kilmer said reform of the Scaffold Law is one of the top legislative priorities of the chamber.
"This law costs every property owner, every business owner, any person who's involved in any type of governmental office; we all pay as taxpayers for this very old and obnoxious law," Kilmer said.