Times Union, Letter from Rep. Faso: Scaffold Law Harms Business, Taxpayers

John Faso – Congressman, 19th District

“The editorial (“An attack on worker safety,” Sept. 24) grossly mischaracterizes the intent and effect of my legislation regarding New York’s absolute liability statute dealing with gravity-related construction accidents.

The proposal would, on federally funded projects, pre-empt state laws that impose absolute liability with a comparative negligence standard. Since the 49 other states utilize comparative negligence, only New York’s Scaffold Law would be affected on projects paid for with federal funds.”

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