New York Post: Corey Johnson targets Scaffold Law in plan to fix MTA

Council Speaker Corey Johnson has targeted a sacred cow in his plan to reform the MTA: New York’s much-maligned Scaffold Law, which critics say boosts insurance costs for transit projects and on other construction in New York State by hundreds of millions of dollars.

The Scaffold Law assigns 100 percent liability on owners and contractors for workplace injuries — without considering whether the worker is at all to blame.

New York is the only state with such a one-sided law, which Johnson says drives up costs to cover negligence suits, according to the Johnson plan.

On average in other states, construction liability insurance accounts for 2 to 3 percent of the cost of a project, while in New York, it runs 7 to 10 percent…

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