We’ve long talked of the deleterious effects of New York’s arcane and outmoded Scaffold Law, but a report issued last week provides the supporting data.


A study by Cornell University’s Department of Policy Analysis & Management and SUNY’s Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government has found that New York’s Scaffold Law has resulted in more constructions accidents (as many as 667 each year), while costing the construction and real estate industries as much as $3 billion annually.


Labor Law 240, commonly known as the Scaffold Law, requires strict liability for any elevation-related injury.  In other words, the construction contractor or developer who holds the construction insurance policy for a job is held solely responsible for any injuries suffered by workers on that project, regardless of who is at fault.  The bottom line is that this law removes the strong incentive for workers to adhere to all safety procedures.


The repeal of this expensive and unnecessary law is long overdue, and we will be working hard to make it happen.


You can read the report here.