Statement from LRANY Executive Director on NYC Construction Workers Drinking on the Job

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March 2, 2016

LRANY Executive Director on NYC Construction Workers Drinking on the Job

WABC-TV recent expose on construction workers drinking on the job further illustrates how New York’s labor laws encourage unsafe behavior. Specifically, Labor Law 240, also known as the ‘Scaffold Law,’ which has been applied by the courts to exonerate intoxicated workers of culpability for their own actions. The Scaffold Law has been shown to increase New York’s rate of injury by an estimated 677 injuries per year, and WABC-TV’s story illustrates why. Intoxicated workers are dangerous workers and New York’s laws should not let them off the hook if their drinking leads to an accident – either hurting themselves or others on site.

Governor Cuomo and New York lawmakers’ must reform the Scaffold Law to account for employee negligence, the same standard used in every other state. Doing so will save billions in insurance costs, billions in taxpayer dollars, and more importantly, reform will keep our workers and streets safer.”

-Tom Stebbins, Executive Director, Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York

Link to WABC-TV segment here.

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Contact: Phoebe Stonbely | PStonbely@LRANY.org | 518.424.5811

The Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York (LRANY) is a nonpartisan not-for-profit association of businesses, professionals, healthcare providers, membership organizations, taxpayers, and concerned citizens committed to changing New York’s legal system to help create jobs and energize our economy.

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