The Scaffold Safety Coalition is a group of workers and advocates committed to protecting construction workers in New York state from industry-backed efforts to cripple a vital safety regulation known as the Scaffold Safety Law (codified in New York’s Labor Law Section 240). This law has ensured that property owners and contractors take proper precautions to keep construction workers safe. It is a time-tested safety measure that has saved countless lives. But now, industry lobbyists are trying to squirm out of their responsibility to their workers, potentially putting construction workers at increased risk of injury or death.
Construction remains one of the nation’s most hazardous occupations, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and falls from an elevation account for one-third of construction fatalities. Too many contractors, especially in the “underground” construction industry, still take safety shortcuts – usually smaller contractors whose job sites often lack required guardrails, safety harnesses and properly anchored scaffolds. Many rely heavily on minority and immigrant workers—who are often disproportionately injured or killed in construction falls.
The Scaffold Safety Coalition partners work together to educate both the public and lawmakers about the dangers of construction work in New York today to protect this critical worker safety protection. We also use our voices to push for more rigorous enforcement of New York’s construction safety standards.