In today’s New York Daily News, the Editorial Board issues another call to reform the unjust Scaffold Law.
An inconvenient irony for progressive, pro-labor Bill de Blasio: One of the biggest threats to the mayor’s ambitious affordable housing and Sandy rebuilding plans is a union-beloved law.
If de Blasio is serious about getting optimal construction bang for the buck, he’ll get on board the bandwagon to reform the Scaffold Law.
Passed in 1885, the statute holds building owners and developers 100% liable for height-related injuries even if they were only 1% at fault.
Meaning: A construction worker can disregard safety precautions, and even be drunk on the job, and still sue for full damages if he gets injured.