Last week, a coalition of advocacy groups that include business organizations representing small and large businesses, contractors, farmers and local government called for reforms to the state’s so-called Scaffold Law. That law makes contractors and property owners absolutely liable for workplace injuries, even where they were not at fault. This drives up insurance costs – and consequently building costs – across the state. New York is the only state to have such a law in place.
Unshackle Upstate is a member of the coalition. We see the Scaffold Law as driving up both private and public construction costs, and view reform as critical.
Scaffold Law reform legislation has been introduced by Sen. Patrick Gallivan (R-Elma) and sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Joseph Morelle (D-Irondequoit). We look forward to seeing it acted upon this session.