The Post-Journal out of Jamestown, NY recently published an editorial highlighting the Scaffold Law Reform Coalition’s statewide push for the counties across New York to pass a resolution in favor of reforming the antiquated Scaffold Law.
“County legislatures across New York, including those in Chautauqua County, are calling on state legislators to reform a law they say impacts construction and business costs.
Known as the Scaffold Law, contractors and property owners are held fully liable in lawsuits for gravity-related injuries occurring on the job among workers.
The law, which is only established in New York, does not contain a height threshold when a worker falls from an elevated surface.
The Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York recently announced a total of 32 legislatures across the state have passed resolutions calling on the state government to reform the Scaffold Law. County Executive Vince Horrigan said he’s in full support of a resolution that was unanimously adopted by the County Legislature in April 2014 urging the state Legislature take action.”