The Daily News Editorial Board recently published an article in favor of Scaffold Law reform.
“The major problem with the law is that it imposes absolute liability “for elevation-related injuries on contractors and property owners engaged in construction, repair or demolition work,” according to the LRANY’s website. “Absolute liability means that the contributing fault of an injured worker, such as failure to use provided safety equipment or gross negligence, is virtually irrelevant in court.”
The group argues that the law actually invites litigation. And it hits local governments and private companies very hard. The private sector shells out about $1.5 billion annually as a result of the law.”