Counties Stress Need For Scaffold Law Reform

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.

See excerpt:

“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.”

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