Scaffold Law Reform News
Tear Down This Law
- Published on 30 March 2014
In today's Crain's New York Business, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce President Nancy Ploeger and Building Trades Employers' Association CEO Lou Colletti call for reform of the burdensome Scaffold Law.
As highlighted in your online article "Obscure law drives up building costs," this regulation imposes tremendous costs on the construction industry and makes job sites significantly less safe.
The cost of insuring construction projects in New York City is the nation's highest by a factor of hundreds of percent, and many insurers have left the market entirely. More than $750 million in taxpayer money is wasted each year, and the costs to the private sector are double that. Every single construction project—office buildings, affordable housing, schools, bridges, highways, subway lines—costs significantly more because of the scaffold law.
Outdated Scaffold Law Needs Reform
- Published on 23 March 2014
In today's Jamestown Post-Journal, Brad Walters, President of the Southern Tier Builders Association, writes in support of reforming New York's Scaffold Law.
The truth about New York's Scaffold Law is irrefutable and Cornell University agrees. A recent study done by Cornell University uncovers the ugly truth about New York's antiquated Section 240 of the Labor Law, more commonly known as the Scaffold Law. The law was created in 1885 and has remained unchanged over the years in spite of greatly improved materials, methods, safety procedures and equipment. The law was put into effect in the days when contractors used wooden scaffolding to build high rise buildings in New York City. Today no other state in the country has such a law. In fact, the Cornell study suggests there is no other law like this on this planet.