Safety on the Job: Scaffold Law Continues to Be Talking Point

As part of Ryan Lema’s practice, he finds himself defending businesses in workplace accident cases.
“A lot of those invariably will involve some aspect of the labor law,” said Lema, partner at Phillips Lytle LLP. “Certainly because theScaffold Law has strict liability on owners and contractors, if there’s any arguable way to frame the case as having an elevation-related hazard or (potentially being caused by) the effects of gravity, plaintiffs will try to shoehorn their case within the scope of the statute.”
The validity of the Scaffold Law continues to be a subject of debate in New York, which is the only remaining state with such a law since 1995 when Illinois abolished it.


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