Scaffold Law Reform News
Counties Stress Need For Scaffold Law Reform
- Published on 05 November 2015
The Post-Journal out of Jamestown, NY recently published an editorial highlighting the Scaffold Law Reform Coalition's statewide push for the counties across New York to pass a resolution in favor of reforming the antiquated Scaffold Law.
"County legislatures across New York, including those in Chautauqua County, are calling on state legislators to reform a law they say impacts construction and business costs.
Known as the Scaffold Law, contractors and property owners are held fully liable in lawsuits for gravity-related injuries occurring on the job among workers.
The law, which is only established in New York, does not contain a height threshold when a worker falls from an elevated surface.
The Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York recently announced a total of 32 legislatures across the state have passed resolutions calling on the state government to reform the Scaffold Law. County Executive Vince Horrigan said he's in full support of a resolution that was unanimously adopted by the County Legislature in April 2014 urging the state Legislature take action."
THE STEADFAST SCAFFOLD LAW
- Published on 05 October 2015
City & State recently published an article spotlight focused on the Scaffold Law reform efforts.
"New York's Scaffold Law, a provision that was put in place decades ago to protect workers at construction sites, has divided state lawmakers for years.
The law, known as Labor Law 240, holds construction companies and developers fully liable whenever a worker is hurt in a "gravity-related" accident, unless every precaution was taken to protect the worker. Even if a worker is partially responsible for the injury, the company is considered to be fully responsible in such cases, resulting in substantial settlement payments that drive up insurance costs."