This week, the Poughkeepsie Journal published a letter to the editor written by LRANY Executive Director, Thomas B. Stebbins in the Valley Views section of the publication. This letter calls on Governor Cuomo to reform the Scaffold Law in order to fulfill his claim that New York is “open for business”.
“Gov. Andrew Cuomo likes to claim that he has launched a “new New York” that is “Open for Business,” but until we scrap outdated and anachronistic laws like our notorious Scaffold Law, our state will continue to be far from business-friendly.
The Scaffold Law holds contractors absolutely liable in lawsuits for gravity-related construction injuries, regardless of any contributing fault of the worker. The employee could be intoxicated or violating safety standards and the employer or property owner could still be held 100 percent liable for any injuries.
No other state has an absolute liability standard like the Scaffold Law — and for good reason. In 2012, 16 of the 30 largest lawsuit settlements in New York were Scaffold Law related.”