Scaffold Law Reform News
Westechester Magazine: Local Group Seeks Scaling Back of Scaffold Law
- Published on 09 July 2016
Following an interview with the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York's Executive Director, Tom Stebbins, and the Business Council of Westchester Executive VP and COO, John Ravitz, Westchester Magazine published a piece highlighting the Business groups strong support of reforming the Scaffold Law.
"A 19th century New York law has come under fire from the Business Council of Westchester. The group recently brought in Tom Stebbins, executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of NY, for presentations to kick off their campaign to change NY Labor Law 240/241, otherwise known as the Scaffold Law, which was originally passed in 1895 to protect workers who perform tasks in high places."
City & State: CUOMO’S NEW STATE CONSTRUCTION MONITOR DRAWS MIXED REVIEWS
- Published on 08 July 2016
In an article published by City & State on Cuomo's new state construction monitor, AGC NYS's President & CEO called to the need to reform the Scaffold Law.
"Elmendorf said if Albany wanted to really contain the cost of public projects, it should reform the state’s construction liability standards, known as the Scaffold Law. Elmendorf says New York’s liability laws, more than any other state, tip the scales of justice toward the trial lawyers and large tort claim payouts."
Crain's: Construction unions help diversity, but expense is a problem
- Published on 08 June 2016
Crain's New York Business published an opinion piece from BTEA's president Louis Coletti pointing to the barrier in the cost of construction and the Scaffold Law as a driver of those costs.
"Most simply, cost reductions can come in the form of scaffold law reform that will drastically reduce the cost of general liability insurance."