Real Estate Weekly: Time for New York to Scrap Old Scaffold Law

“New York’s Scaffold Law holds property owners, employers and contractors strictly liable for all gravity-related construction accidents.

Enacted in 1885, it is among the oldest laws in the state and an ever-present reminder of the need for New York to modernize its laws to reflect new realities. Every other state in the United States has modernized their approach to construction site liability by adopting comparative negligence statutes that takes into account the worker’s actions – an example New York must follow.”

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