The Beat, by the Manhattan Institute: Scaffold Law Edition


A state law that dates back to the earliest days of Manhattan skyscraper construction is still on the books and adding millions of dollars in costs to New York State real estate development. The Scaffold Law assigns “absolute liability” for any gravity-related construction accident on the contractor and property owners, regardless of any negligence or fault of the injured worker. The law can make obtaining liability insurance prohibitively expensive, and actually leads to a higher injury rate on job sites.

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