In today’s Buffalo News, Vincent Morabito, a third-generation small business owner in Williamsville speaks out against the unfair Scaffold Law.
While no reasonable person wants to see a worker injured or killed, that goal should not and cannot override the concept of personal responsibility of the worker. The idea that a property owner can hire a contractor and then be held liable for the actions, no matter how unreasonable, is madness.
We need good laws and practices to ensure that workers are protected; this is something we all can agree on. And while Hurd may be 100 percent correct with his summary of procedures, the conclusion that the 1885 law needs to remain on the books in 2014 seems to be erroneous. It boggles the mind to think that an individual can be 100 percent liable for something he has no control over.