Faso calls for federal bypass of state’s Scaffold Law

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Faso calls for federal bypass of state’s Scaffold Law

Outgoing Republican Congressman John Faso doesn’t want federal funds “wasted” on projects where he believes the state’s “Scaffold Law” is driving up costs.

In a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Faso says that federal funds should come tied to a requirement that contracting parties “agree to utilize a comparative negligence standard” for injuries on a project. New York law in this area, which dates back to the 19th century, “imposes an absolute liability on both contractors and property owners for gravity-related injuries,” writes Faso.

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