Scaffold Law Reform Coalition and the New York City Special Riggers Association Request Moratorium on Scaffold Law as State Strives to Reopen

June 21, 2020

With the renewal of construction activity across the state, the Scaffold Law Reform Coalition (SLRC) and the New York City Special Riggers Association (NYCSRA) have sent an appeal to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking him to use his executive authority to issue a moratorium on the “absolute liability” provisions of the “anachronistic and inequitable” Scaffold Law. This statute, comprised of New York Labor Law sections 240/241 and commonly known as the Scaffold Law, holds contractors and property owners absolutely liable for any elevation-related injuries sustained by a worker, regardless of the worker’s gross negligence. The NYCSRA has been working with the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of NY to support Scaffold Law Reform.

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