Business Groups Renew Proposal to Ditch New York’s Scaffold Law

Dozens of business advocacy and local government groups penned a letter to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday calling for him to include a repeal of a state law that has been on the books since the 1800s that puts the blame for workplace accidents solely on the shoulders of the business — regardless of the worker’s relative responsibility in their own injury.

The statute, known as the Scaffold Law, holds employers and building owners to an “absolute liability” standard whenever a worker is injured or killed in an accident involving a fall from an elevated surface. New York is the only state in the country with such a law.

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