The BNC Agency recently published a blog entry noting business groups continued push for reform.
“New York’s 120-year-old Scaffold Law severely limits development in the state, costs taxpayers millions of dollars unnecessarily, drives up insurance premiums, and profits only trial lawyers, all while doing nothing to make worksites any safer.
That’s long been the opinion of many in New York’s construction industry who work under the absolute liability standard of New York’s Labor Law 240/241, a.k.a. the Scaffold Law. Under the case law – although not the statute itself – an employee who is injured in a fall from height can collect from the contractor who hired him and other parties such as building owners.”