WHAM 1180: Make The Ones Who Ruin A Life Pay For It by Bob Brenna

The new PR campaign calling for the repeal of New York’s scaffold law is not only disingenuous, it is absolutely misleading. This merely proves that enough money behind a statewide campaign can cause the public to be misled on a massive scale, with complete “misinformation”.  It is intentional, and it is dishonest, if not downright corrupt. It is  even claimed that the law which protects construction workers “causes more injuries.”  I can’t remain silent in the face of boldface lies.

Let’s put a name on the issue. Dan stood where he was told to stand by his bosses. No safety equipment was provided whatsoever. Worse, the powers that be didn’t even nail the four small pieces of wood in place to protect him, and he fell, crushing his spine and face. Dan will never walk again.  During the case, documents surfaced falsely claiming that a safety meeting took place which never, in fact, happened. Let’s be generous and call it a “mistake. “Three law firms were hired to deny, and delay. Even after we won, the case was appealed before payment was finally made.
 
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states construction labor is one of the most dangerous jobs in America.  Each day two workers die from falling off ladders, roofs, or scaffolds. Another worker dies after being struck by a falling object, i.e. a brick falling off a scaffold.
 
This is the same wealthy interest group  that eventually won repeal the Illinois Structural Work Act and repealing that law contributed significantly to an unsafe environment. Construction work is inherently dangerous; one of the most hazardous in the US. For 88 years, Illinois law protected construction workers.  After special interest groups, looking to maximize profits at the expense of innocent workers, spent millions for lobbyists, it was repealed, destroying incentives for owners and contractors to ensure safe working conditions. Injuries there have now increased dramatically.
 
Construction workers perform their jobs at treacherous heights. Workers are not always aware of others’ tasks. A single distraction could be deadly.

Click here to read Bob Brenna’s full column on why New York needs to protect the Scaffold Safety Law.