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NY DAILY NEWS --The city's Scaffold Law should be reformed to protect law-abiding, safety-conscious contractors in the event of a construction accident
April 24, 2014
Under the current law, contractors and jobsite owners who provide necessary safety training and equipment are held just as liable as those who run dangerous jobsites and ignore safety protocols
Two recent accidents on construction sites in Midtown Manhattan where workers fell to their deaths demonstrate exactly why Local Law 240 — commonly known as the Scaffold Law — does not work in its current form and needs to be reformed.
The current Scaffold Law puts 100% of the blame for an accident on the contractor or owner of a jobsite, no matter what the circumstances are. As a result, a contractor who provides all the necessary safety training and equipment is held just as liable as a contractor who runs a dangerous jobsite and ignores the law and prescribed safety protocols.