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.Read More
On February 2, 2016, over a hundred people gathered at the state capitol in Albany to keep the pressure on lawmakers to reform New York’s 130-year-old Scaffold Law. Supporters came from all over the state and included developers, contractors, builders, small business owners, and municipal officials.Read More
For decades, a heated battle has been raging over New York’s Labor Law 240, also known as the scaffold law. The law holds contractors and developers 100 percent liable for the costs of any gravity-related accidents that they’re at least partially at fault for.