Tom Stebbins, Executive director of LRANY (Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York), an Unshackle Upstate partner, recently wrote to the Albany Times Union making the case for repealing the anachronistic Scaffold Law:
“…New York is the only state with the scaffold law, a statute that holds contractors and property owners automatically fully liable in lawsuits for gravity-related injuries. The costs of this law have skyrocketed in the last decade, thanks to an explosion of opportunistic litigation. Between 1998 and 2008 the construction injury rate in New York fell by nearly 20 percent, yet the number of scaffold law cases increased 66 percent.”
Makes sense to us. Scaffold Law reform is long overdue. We just can’t afford the direct and indirect costs of these lawsuits any longer.