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‘A recent Times Union editorial makes three key errors about the Scaffold Law: 1) it characterizes reform as an “attack on worker safety,” 2) it claims that reform is about “fattening profits” and 3) it makes the unsubstantiated claim that “drunk workers or employees ignoring safety measures” are mere “hypotheticals.” Each of these assertions is...
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“As business leaders here have been emphasizing, New York has the diversity, universities, transit network, walkability and culture that Amazon wants. What could go wrong? One factor that rivals will raise against the city is that housing, commercial rents and construction costs are high here. That is why this page has called for measures that...
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Lewis A. Dubuque – Executive vice president, New York State Builders Association “I am writing to respond to the editorial “An attack on worker safety,” Sept. 24, which is critical of Congressman John Faso’s proposed federal legislation regarding New York’s outdated scaffold law. This editorial touts the scaffold law in New York as an important safety...
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Kristina Baldwin – Vice President, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America “New Yorkers should not get sidetracked from real Scaffold Law reforms that will help reduce construction costs without compromising workplace safety, as proponents of the current law attempt to divert attention from actual solutions. The approach outlined in a letter from New York State AFL-CIO...
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A piece written by LRANY’s Adam Morey was published in the Buffalo News this week. The opinion piece noted the financial drain of the antiquated Scaffold Law. An excerpt: “If our elected representatives are truly serious about updating the state’s aging infrastructure, they will need to provide the proper funding – and commit to spending...
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“A group of Democratic lawmakers hoping to take down the state Scaffold Law are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to join the fight by addressing the measure in his 2018 budget proposal. In an open letter to the governor on Sept. 8, seven Assembly members argued that the Scaffold Law should be reformed. The statute requires...
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Alison Cooper – Regional Vice President, American Insurance Association’s Northeast  “Reforming New York’s scaffold law will enhance, not erode, worker safety. Since the 19th century, scaffold laws held construction contractors 100 percent liable for any gravity-related workplace injury, regardless of the injured worker’s negligence. Meaning, even if a worker chose not to use safety equipment properly...
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“A decades-long effort to resolve what’s been called “the most significant issueˮ facing New York State’s construction industry, could be in sight. Upstate Congressman John Faso last week announced the introduction new legislation called the “Infrastructure Expansion Act,” to relieve what he called the negative effects of the State’s Scaffold Law. Otherwise known as Labor...
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“Since corrupt New York has failed to fix issues in New York, people like Congressman John Faso have championed issues to help fix upstate. Issues like the SAFE Act, county-paid Medicaid and now the Scaffold Law. Faso has introduced a federal bill to fix the Scaffold Law in conjunction with the Senate bill Introduced by Sen....
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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...
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