About The Law

New York State Labor Law sections 240/241 – better known as the Scaffold Law – presents a serious threat to the construction and development industries throughout the State. The statute imposes absolute liability for gravity-related injuries that occur on construction work sites on the contractors and property owners – regardless of the circumstances. 

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Why are you trying to repeal the scaffold law?

We aren’t.  Our goal is to reform the law so that responsible owners and contractors are rewarded with better insurance rates through competition.  This will increase safety on job-sites and increase construction jobs in New York State and New York City.

How do you want to reform the law?

The current law places absolute liability with the owner and contractor.  We are seeking the more equitable comparative fault standard in cases where the worker is violating safety standards, under the influence or committing a criminal act.

How does this create jobs?

The law as currently written results in insurance rates for construction jobs that are in some cases triple what they are in neighboring states.  On a large job this can translate to hundreds of millions of dollars – which results in other projects not getting built.  In some cases, contractors, owners and subcontractors cannot get insurance at all because there aren’t enough carriers competing in New York.  As a result, those jobs can’t move forward resulting in layoffs and higher construction unemployment.

Who is Get New York Building and the Alliance for Minority and Women Construction Businesses?

We are a collection of several contractor organizations and MWBE groups that are focused on increasing job safety, competitiveness and growth in New York.  Our member organizations represent thousands of hard working contractors that have worked on some of the most exciting projects in and around New York.

Who is opposed to changing the law?  

Rich trial lawyers who benefit the most from large settlements and awards and who do not have to prove liability in court.

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