A group of developers, insurers and business groups are calling for the repeal of an outdated state law that, among other things, keeps construction insurance premiums at roughly double the cost of those in nearby states.  This statute, known as the scaffold law, is expected to add as much as $200 million dollars in insurance costs to the $3.9 billion Tappan Zee bridge project.

New York’s scaffold law is in fact the only one of its kind on the books anywhere in the United States. Under the law, if a worker is injured on a construction site by a fall on faulty scaffolding the contractor is liable, even if the worker could be considered responsible.

Unshackle Upstate is proud to be a member of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, which is also working to reform the state’s Scaffold Law.  Hopefully, we can count on your support in this effort.