Q & A with LRANY’s Tom Stebbins on Scaffold Law Reform

LRANY’s Executive Director Tom Stebbins is featured in the winter 2011 edition of the Associated General Contractors of New York State’s (AGC NYS) publication Cornerstone.  In the article, Walter Pacholzack, Vice President of Government Affairs at AGC NYS, discusses the Scaffold Law with Tom and how reforming the scaffold law would add jobs, save municipalities money, improve safety and bring economic development to the state:

“Municipalities spend millions each year to settle scaffold law claims and millions more in high insurance rates and high cost of construction.  Much of this cost is driven by the scaffold law and we need to show that to our legislators.” Said Stebbins.

Importance of Reforming the Scaffold Law a.k.a Labor Law 240/241:

New York remains the only state in the Nation where a worker is not held responsible for their own negligence. Under this law, contractors, employers and property owners are held absolutely liable for “elevation related injuries”. This means when an injured worker sues, the contractor, employer, or owner is automatically 100% liable, even if the injured worker was entirely at fault. Our coalition is advocating for a modest reform (A.2835) – if the worker was injured because they were intoxicated, violating safety standards, or committing a criminal act, the employer or property owner who hired them is simply allowed to defend themselves in court.

Learn more about this outdated law by visiting www.ScaffoldLaw.org and find out how you can make a difference!

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