In Reply: Scaffold Law Adds Costs, But Not Safety

Today, The Journal News published a response from the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York’s Executive Director, Tom Stebbins arguing that the Scaffold Law as it stands only adds costs, not safety.

“The writer defends New York’s Scaffold Safety Law, saying it gave him his “day in court.” Of course, that is precisely what Scaffold Law reformers like myself are seeking, a day in court.

Under the current absolute liability standard of the Scaffold Law, contractors and property owners are held 100 percent liable, even if they were only 1 percent at fault. Any court proceedings are to determine the dollar award, not the liability, since liability is absolute under the Scaffold Law.”

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