Point of Law: The Debate Continues Over New York’s “Scaffold Law”

Point of Law shared a post highlighting the continued debate over New York’s antiquated Scaffold Law:

“Controversy has re-ignited over a New York law that was enacted in 1882 and is commonly referred to as the “scaffold law.” A New York Daily News Columnist penned a piece in which he projected that replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge would “likely cost hundreds of millions more than necessary” because of various arcane state laws such as the scaffold law, earning him much criticism from the trial bar and labor unions.

Officially found in Labor Law Sec. 240(1) of the New York Code, the scaffold law (as its nickname suggests) was originally meant to protect workers against injuries that occurred in the course of dangerous construction projects taking place high in the air. The scaffold law makes employers absolutely liable for accidents that fall within the law’s reach, even when the worker was partially at fault.” 

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To find out more about the effort to reform the Scaffold Law, visit www.scaffoldlaw.org

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