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Thomson Reuters’ Legal Solution Blog shared a recent ruling against a Scaffold Law claim in a case where an employee disregarded specific instructions to replace a manhole cover over a manhole which he later fell into. See excerpt: “Scaffold Law did not apply to accident involving fall by contractor’s employee into uncovered manhole while performing...
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A recent ruling by the state Court of Claims brought some sanity in not further expanding the already over stretched ‘Scaffold Law’. The New York Law Journal reports the ruling that the state will not be held liable for a workers injury from 200-foot-high Heldeberg Escarpment at John Boyd Thacher State Park, calling the the escarpment...
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While Governor Cuomo was in Washington on Tuesday, April 19th to promote his infrastructure and affordable housing construction projects, the Ulster County legislature passed a resolution calling on Cuomo and leaders of the state Legislature to reform the costly Scaffold Law. Ulster joins a majority of counties in passing such a measure.  As the resolution...
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The Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York sent out a press release today on a court decision applying the Scaffold Law to a 1ft. fall: “Advocates for reform of New York’s controversial ‘Scaffold Law’ are calling a recent decision applying the law to a 1ft ‘fall’ an example of how expansive and onerous the law...
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“Chief among the issues LPCiminelli wants addressed is the state’s Scaffold Law, which has a negative impact on the construction industry. The decades-old law holds contractors liable for any workplace accident, regardless of the circumstances. There is a concerted effort by the general contracting and construction management industry as well as influential business groups such...
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This week, the Albany Times Union published an editorial written by LRANY Executive Director, Thomas B. Stebbins, calling for Scaffold Law reform. An excerpt: “The new judges appointed to New York’s highest court have an opportunity to bring a measure of reason and fairness to the state’s controversial “Scaffold Law.” The only-in-New York law puts...
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This past Sunday, The Bronx Chronicle published an op-ed written by the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York’s Executive Director, Thomas B. Stebbins. The op-ed was in response to a piece written by a trial attorney forewarning home owners of the potential to be held liable for for injured workers during home renovations. Mr. Stebbins...
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This week, the Buffalo Law Journal published an article exploring the continued fight for change of New York’s Scaffold Law. The article paid special focus to the coalition for reform, quoting the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York’s Executive Director, Tom Stebbins: “Efforts being made in Albany Advocates of Scaffold Law reform claim that it’s...
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Tom Stebbins, the executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, argues the state’s restrictive Scaffold Law drives up the cost of infrastructure projects, which in turn makes it more difficult for municipalities and the state to rebuild the crumbling roads and bridges. Click Image Below to Listen:  
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Lack of change to NY’s Scaffold Law highlighted in a recent WNYC article: “One bill that has been lingering for years would reform the state’s century-old scaffold law. It holds employers and property owners 100 percent liable when a worker falls from a ladder or scaffold — or any other ‘gravity-related’ fall — if the...
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