New York’s notorious scaffold law has a broad negative impact. The dramatic increase of costs on schools, municipalities, small business and taxpayers has ground new construction and vital infrastructure modernization to a halt.
This isn’t spin, these are facts. Children in New York City are forced to go to school in trailers because their schools are crumbling. The increase cost to taxpayers from the Tappan Zee bridge project are staggering. Small businesses, particularly Minority-Women owned businesses are being forced to cut employees and in many cases close their doors permanently.
And for what?
To line the pockets of trial lawyers. It really is that simple.
The trial bar uses the same old rhetoric of worker safety and negligent employers. To think employers do not value their employees is insane. Scaffold law dates back 130 years, prior to OSHA and workers compensation standards. Employers value their employees and want them to be safe, without them their business don’t exist!
New York is the only state in the country to have a strict liability standard for gravity related accidents. The only state! As we enter the 2014 legislative session in Albany, the time is now for lawmakers and Governor Cuomo to move in reforming this law. To put New York on a more even playing field with the rest of the country.
One simple reform will reduce costs to businesses, put our children in modern and safe schools, help MWBE’s stay in business and cut the excessive burden on taxpayers.
Not convinced? Listen to the story of one MWBE and the impact scaffold law has on her business.