The Journal News – In Reply: Scaffold Law Adds Costs, But Not Safety

dollars money scaffold blendThis week, The Journal News published a response from LRANY Executive Director, Thomas B. Stebbins, rebutting a previous piece calling to “Keep the Scaffold Law Strong”.

An excerpt:

“Re “Keep the Scaffold Law strong,” July 10 Community View:

The writer defends New York’s Scaffold Safety Law, saying it gave him his “day in court.” Of course, that is precisely what Scaffold Law reformers like myself are seeking, a day in court.

Under the current absolute liability standard of the Scaffold Law, contractors and property owners are held 100 percent liable, even if they were only 1 percent at fault. Any court proceedings are to determine the dollar award, not the liability, since liability is absolute under the Scaffold Law.”

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