Buffalo News: New Study Makes a Powerful Case Against Scaffold Law

In today’s Buffalo News, the editorial board calls for a repeal of the Scaffold Law, which a recent study found is actually correlated with higher rates of workplace injuries.

It has been obvious for decades that Albany has been in the pocket of special interests, but a new report makes the point so clearly that only an out-and-out acknowledgment of the fact by state leaders can explain continued support of Labor Law 240, commonly known as the Scaffold Law.

The report, by SUNY’s Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government in association with Cornell University, not only knocks the supports out from under the Scaffold Law, but it shows that New York’s law, purported by its supporters to protect construction workers, has actually put them at higher risk of injury. There can be no defense now for maintaining this relic of the 19th century.

Read the full editorial here

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