New York Scaffold Law News

New York Court Examines Scope of Scaffold Law in 2 Injury Cases

The New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, ruled on two injury cases on April 2, examining whether the injuries in those cases fit within the scope of the state’s Labor Law 240, popularly known as the Scaffold …

Opinion: Study Suggesting N.Y. Scaffold Law Causes Injuries Misuses Statistical Techniques

[Editor’s Note: The following is a commentary on a recent study from the New York Civil Justice Institute. The study argues that the New York’s “Scaffold Law” diverts millions of dollars to legal costs and insurance and that the law …

Study Says N.Y. ‘Scaffold Law’ Drives Up Construction Costs, Causes Injuries

A new study published this month challenges the claim that New York’s Labor Law 240, also known as the “Scaffold Law,” improves workplace safety. The study, titled “The Costs of Labor Law 240,” argues New York incurs additional workplace accidents …

2013 in Review: Most Popular Insurance Stories From East

As 2013 winds down, Insurance Journal takes a look back at the most popular news headlines of the year. In the East region, Superstorm Sandy’s aftermath and the challenges of recovering and rebuilding were a major topic. It’s now been …

Critics Say It’s Time New York Ends 1885 Scaffold Law

Years before skyscrapers, when New York City’s tallest building was still the 281-foot spire of Wall Street’s historic Trinity Church, state lawmakers passed the Scaffold Law, which made property owners and contractors liable for most “gravity-related” injuries to workers on …