Suspend the application of strict liability under the Scaffold Law during COVID-19 recovery!
For months, the COVID-19 pandemic has nearly shut down our state’s economy. As New York begins to re-open, we must now set our sights on the current economic crisis and the potential for economic calamity.

New York is a challenging environment for construction in the best of times. Under these dire circumstances, many small contractors, including minority and women-owned firms, face the very real possibility of being forced to close their doors.

With Federal relief uncertain and the state’s budget under unprecedented strain, we must look to cost-free regulatory relief. No aid would be greater and more impactful than relief from the onerous strict liability of Labor Law 240, also known as the Scaffold Law.

In addition to saving the private sector billions, relief from the Scaffold Law would save the state hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars every year. The law is estimated to cost the state government over $750million annually.

The construction community of New York urges you to suspend the application of strict liability under Labor Law 240 during the COVID-19 recovery.
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