Analysis: How the Sole Proximate Cause Defense Applies to The Scaffold Law

Posted by Noff Colabella on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 @ 08:15 AM

Although we often talk about cause and effect, the truth is that the average effect has multiple causes, not just one. A car accident, for example, might be the fault of one driver’s inattention and the other driver’s failure to signal, as well as the weather and road conditions. Similarly, a construction worker’s on-the-job injury can often be pinned on multiple factors. Nevertheless, in some case, the sole proximate cause defense – which argues that the injured worker is solely responsible for the injuries sustained – can be successful in a Scaffold Law case.

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BNC Food Drive 2017

Posted by Isabella R. Autorino on Tue, Nov 14, 2017 @ 06:05 PM



Now through Monday, December 11

BNC is helping those in need in our local community by collecting canned and other non-perishable food items to support our local food pantry, The Carver Center.

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Cyber Risk in the Construction Industry

Posted by Noff Colabella on Mon, Oct 30, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Cybercrime is a growing threat, and it’s not a problem for only the health and financial industries. Any business can fall victim to a cyberattack, including construction companies. To protect your construction company from financial loss and business disruption, you need to understand what the risks are and how to minimize them.

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7 Tips for an Effective Safety Committee

Posted by Noff Colabella on Tue, Oct 24, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Businesses have plenty of incentive to prevent accidents. In 2015, approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in private industry employers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That same year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration tallied more than 65,000 violations. It makes sense that businesses would want to reduce both injuries and fines by improving safety.   

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Is Your Connected Home Vulnerable to Hackers?

Posted by Scott Kantor on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 @ 11:34 AM

Cyber security is more important now than ever before. From phishing scams to data breaches and computer viruses, cybercriminals seem to launch one threat after another. Hackers may even try to take control of our homes. That’s right. As homes become more and more connected, they also become more vulnerable to hackers.

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Scaffold Law Update

Posted by Noff Colabella on Thu, Oct 05, 2017 @ 01:47 PM

Property owners and construction contractors feeling the financial stress of New York State’s Scaffold Law may have some relief soon. New legislation introduced by Congressman John Faso would offset the state’s strict liability standard and the resulting costs for construction. Called the Infrastructure Expansion Act, the new law would create a liability standard of comparative negligence for construction projects receiving federal funding. Multiple organizations in the construction industry have already expressed support for the proposal.

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CareConnect Withdrawing from New York

Posted by Jennifer West on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 @ 04:45 PM

CareConnect is winding down. Its parent company, Northwell Health, has decided to withdraw from New York’s insurance market. As part of this decision, CareConnect is closing all of its operations for small group, large group and individual plans.

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Construction Risk Management: Ladder Last Program

Posted by Noff Colabella on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 @ 04:00 PM

Using a ladder may seem like the easiest way to do construction work at high levels, but it’s not necessarily the safest. This is why many experts support “ladder last” policies, and Nationwide is now requiring our contractors to implement a ladder last program.

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Equifax Data Breach

Posted by Scott Kantor on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 @ 03:36 PM

During the summer, hackers breached Equifax, a credit reporting agency, to access the Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses of mostly American consumers. In some cases, driver’s license numbers and credit card numbers were accessed as well.

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New York Paid Family Leave Act Update

Posted by Jennifer West on Wed, Sep 13, 2017 @ 04:24 PM

Employees in New York are about to receive new paid family leave rights. In the United States, federal law does not require employers to provide paid family leave, but the New York State Paid Family Leave Program does. The law goes into effect in 2018.

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