Times Union, Letter from Stebbins: Liability Should Be Proportional to Fault

‘A recent Times Union editorial makes three key errors about the Scaffold Law: 1) it characterizes reform as an “attack on worker safety,” 2) it claims that reform is about “fattening profits” and 3) it makes the unsubstantiated claim that “drunk workers or employees ignoring safety measures” are mere “hypotheticals.” Each of these assertions is incorrect.

First, the reform that advocates seek does not amend the safety provisions in the Scaffold Law at all. All it does is apply the same liability standard that is used in every other state and every other part of New York law. The reform would ensure that liability is proportional to fault. Data suggest that this reform would improve safety, not “attack” it.’

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