“Officials in Columbia and Greene counties said New York’s law on liability for gravity-related injuries sustained on construction jobs results in higher costs for capital projects.
U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, recently announced he is introducing legislation that would change the standard for federally funded construction projects requiring comparable negligence in cases of workers getting hurt on the job.
“I support the congressman’s efforts,” said Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matthew Murell. “The bill would not totally do away with the law; it just ensures workers are held liable if they are the cause of their injuries. If it is the contractors’ fault, then they will be held liable.”
Columbia County passed a resolution in support of reforms to the Scaffold Law in 2014.”