May 24, 2012
Letter in support of legislation to reform the "Scaffold Law"
Dear Governor Cuomo, Majority Leader Skelos and Speaker Silver:
We are writing in support of S.6816 and A.2835; legislation intended to reform the "Scaffold Law." The current law imposes a standard of absolute liability upon contractors and property owners for all "gravity related" injuries. The proposed legislation would replace the absolute liability standard with the fairer comparative negligence standard only in situations where a workers'' injury is found to have been caused by that worker''s failure to follow safety training or use available safety devices, intoxication, or commission of a crime. Meanwhile, negligent employers will still be held fully liable and the injured worker may still collect workers'' compensation benefits.
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