Amsterdam News: (Un)harnessing Civil Rights

“The law creates a strong incentive for contractors and owners to do the right thing. Dissenters decry that New York is the only state with such an unjust law. Well, as a result of this so-called unjust law, New York had the nation’s fifth lowest construction injury rate from 2000 to 2010—and that’s no accident, pun intended…

“…The Scaffold Law requires safety equipment and training for construction workers. Property owners and general contractors control the worksite and are in the best position to oversee safety. As a result, they are justifiably held responsible for providing all necessary equipment to workers on site, including “scaffolding, hoists, stays, ladders, slings, hangers, blocks, pulleys, braces, irons, ropes and other devices which shall be so constructed, placed and operated as to give proper protection to a person so employed.”

– Bertha Lewis, President of the Black Institute

Click here to read Bertha Lewis’s full op-ed in the Amsterdam News.