Scaffold Law Reform News
Raising Hell: A Look at the 131-Year Old Scaffold Law in a Modern-Day New York City
- Published on 01 December 2016
via Commercial Observer
"The same year that the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor, Scaffold Law—otherwise known as New York State Labor Law 240—was enacted. The 131-year-old piece of legislation hasn’t been amended since.
Scaffold Law requires that contractors and owners provide necessary scaffolding and other safety devices on construction projects in order to protect a development site’s workers. Equally significantly, the law assigns an “absolute liability” standard for worker injuries to the contractor and owner, thereby absolving the injured worker of all responsibility. In other words, should a worker somehow contribute to his own injury, he is not responsible."
Westchester Magazine: Battle in the Skyscrapers
- Published on 09 November 2016
LRANY's Tom Stebbins: “We’re not looking to repeal Labor Law 240. We just want to reform one section.” Stebbins explains: “We’re looking for comparative negligence. We want to keep the law as it is, but add: ‘Nothing in the law shall absolve the plaintiff of culpability for his own injury.’”
Governing: Lawsuit Drain City Budgets
- Published on 01 November 2016
Governing magazine produced a report that exposed New York City pays more in lawsuits than the nect 19 cities in the report - combined. The Scaffold Law is part of this problem:
"Then there are things like the “scaffold law,” which holds contractors and property owners 100 percent liable when workers fall from ladders or scaffolds at construction sites. New York is the lone remaining state with such a law on the books, and it can significantly raise costs."