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Assemblyman John T. McDonald III said with New York state facing a $4.4 billion deficit, this is the time to talk about reforming the Scaffold Law. “It has to be part of the dialogue,” McDonald said Wednesday. The law from the 1800s holds contractors and property owners completely responsible in gravity-related construction incidents. Critics say...
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Scott began with explaining that the New York state Scaffold Law enacted in 1885 virtually holds a contractor and property owner at fault even if an employee did not abide by safety rules, was acting carelessly, or was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Scott noted that general liability insurance costs in New York...
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“A battle to repeal an obscure New York law protecting construction workers appears to be gaining momentum, with backers saying the 19th-century measure is typical of the reasons it’s so difficult and costly to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. But a legal institute at New York Law School says that’s bunk. Earlier this month, the nonprofit Common...
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LRANY’s Adam Morey recently had a letter published in the New York Daily News in response to a piece opposing changes to the Scaffold Law. An excerpt: “The Scaffold Law has nothing to do with safety and everything to do with enriching trial lawyers, no matter what Voicer Gary La Barbera says. A Cornell study...
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“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...
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“As officials race to find funds for a new cross-Hudson train tunnel before the existing one fails, a nonpartisan group has ID’d up to $300 million that could be saved right off the top — by ditching the state’s Scaffold Law. The move might even make the tunnel’s construction safer for workers. Common Good says the law,...
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“A group that backs changes to the Scaffold Law in New York in a analysis released Tuesday found the law is adding as much as $300 million to the cost of the Gateway tunnel project between New York and New Jersey. The $13 billion Port Authority project has been a top priority for Gov. Andrew...
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“A multi-billion dollar plan to build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River could be even more expensive because of a 19th century liability law critics say drives up liability insurance costs, a group looking to repeal the law warned Tuesday. The so-called Scaffold Law holds contractors and property owners liable for construction “gravity-related...
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