New York Law Journal: Scaffold Law Supporters Mobilize to Counter Reform Push

ALBANY – A coalition of unions and construction trade groups has been created to oppose efforts at the Capitol to repeal or significantly alter the Scaffold Law.

Organizers of the Scaffold Safety Coalition say their group is designed to act as a competing voice to the Alliance for Minority and Women Construction Businesses, which has taken the lead so far in advocating for repeal or major reform of the 129-year-old Scaffold Law.

A debate is renewed annually in Albany over §§240/241 of the Labor Law, with developers and business groups arguing for repeal and trial attorneys and construction trades unions claiming the worker protections in the law are still valuable.

In general, the law holds the property owner and the contractor strictly liable for injuries suffered by workers who fall from an elevated position or have something fall on them.

The Scaffold Safety Coalition (http://www.scaffoldsafetylaw.org) said its groups have a combined membership of more than 1.5 million. Organizations in the alliance include the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, the New York Hotel Trades Council, the Service Employees International Union 32BJ and the New York Hotel Trades Council.

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