Lack of change to NY’s Scaffold Law highlighted in a recent WNYC article:
“One bill that has been lingering for years would reform the state’s century-old scaffold law. It holds employers and property owners 100 percent liable when a worker falls from a ladder or scaffold — or any other ‘gravity-related’ fall — if the owner or property owner contributed in any way, like forgetting to put a cone out.
Arthur Rubenstein, the president of Skyline Steel, a fabricator in Brooklyn, says it can hundreds of thousands of dollars in insurance costs to large projects.
‘In New York, they’re able to sue the owner and because of the absolute standard of negligence in the scaffold law, the owner automatically loses,’ he said.”