Editorial: Eye Change to Scaffold Law

In today’s Leader-Herald, the editorial board writes in strong support for Scaffold Law reform.

If Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature want to show New York state is open for business, one way would be to reform the Scaffold Law.

The Scaffold Law, also known as state Labor Law 240, was enacted in 1885 in response to the high number of injuries and fatalities associated with tall building construction throughout the state. The law makes property owners and contractors liable for any injury occurring from gravity-related accidents on work sites, without consideration of any negligence on the part of injured workers.

At a recent local event, Tom Stebbins, executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, said his organization would like to change that.

“We’re actually looking to reform it so that liability is proportional to fault, so that we go to court and find out who is responsible for what, just like in every other state,” Stebbins said.

read the full editorial here

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