Scaffold Law Reform News
Bill Hammond: Repeal Scaffold Law
- Published on 20 January 2015
In today's New York Daily News, columnist Bill Hammond calls on Governor Cuomo to focus on systemic solutions to promote job creation and economic growth:
Cuomo talks a good game about making New York “open for business.” But his marquee economic development programs, such as Start-Up NY tax-free zones near college campuses, benefit a lucky few while doing nothing for the mom-and-pops that account for half of all private-sector employment in the state.
“You can’t keep mandating increases in cost — particularly labor — if you’re not substantially reducing their expenses,” says the National Federation of Independent Business’ Michael Durant.One glaring example of a costly burden that’s ripe for repeal: New York’s Scaffold Law. The outdated statute makes building owners fully liable for injuries from falls on construction sites even if the worker is mostly to blame. Reform is overdue.
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.