The Journal News recently shared a opinion piece written by LRANY Executive Director, Tom Stebbins, in response to the news that the Tappan Zee replacement project is now eligible for federal funding. He highlights a major issue which has been looked over in the process: the ‘Scaffold Law’.
“Recent federal approval of the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement is a major step forward — now, the project is eligible for federal funding. Yet, the state Legislature has failed to address one state law that will drive up the cost of rebuilding the bridge.
The law is Labor Law 240/241, the “Scaffold Law,” which holds contractors and property owners (and in this case, the state and taxpayers) automatically fully liable for elevation-related injuries, even if the worker was intoxicated or ignoring safety training.”
To find out more about the effort to reform the Scaffold Law, visit www.scaffoldlaw.org