The NYCSRA has been working with the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of NY to support Scaffold Law Reform. As you may know, New York Labor Law sections 240/241, commonly called the “Scaffold Law” , hold contractors and property owners absolutely liable for any elevation-related injuries sustained by a worker, regardless of the worker’s own negligence. New York is the only state in the nation which still has such a law.
The NYS Assembly and Senate have introduced a new Scaffold Law Reform bill (A.3737 / S.326 ). This legislation would eliminate the Scaffold Law’s absolute liability standard and the implement a comparative liability standard, in which a worker’s own negligence, intoxication, or refusal to use safety equipment may be admitted as evidence in court. This would stimulate job creation, improve workplace safety, and reduce the burden on the state and its taxpayers.