Last Tuesday, builders, business owners and others from across the state met in Albany to raise their voices in support of reforming the state’s Scaffold Law, which drives up the cost of every construction project in the state.

 

New York’s outdated Scaffold Law – -the only law of its type in the nation – makes building owners and contractors 100% liable for elevation-related injuries at construction sites, even if the worker is found to be at fault.

 

Besides being simply unfair because injured workers are not held responsible for their own negligence, the bottom line is that this law adds significant expenses to every private and public construction project in the state.  Reform of this outdated law is long overdue.

 

Read some background on Labor Law 240 and claims costs here, from the Association of General Contractors of New York State (AGC NYS).