In today’s Buffalo News, Robert Delles from Niagara Falls writes to correct misstatements made in a previous letter about the the Scaffold Law.
The executive director of the Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health speaks to repeated exaggerations and mistruths of the Scaffold Law in a recent letter. He notes the law simply holds those who control a work site responsible if someone is injured or killed because they failed to provide the appropriate safety equipment. Here is a scenario to ponder that demonstrates this is not always the case.
A commercial building owner hires a roofer. The roofer, using a ladder supplied by his employer, falls and is injured. The Scaffold Law imposes absolute liability on the building owner for the roofer being injured. Please explain how the building owner controls this work site or contributed to the injury.