Op-ed: Scaffold Law is burden to contractors

Today’s Press & Sun Bulletin features an op-ed on why The Scaffold Law needs to be repealed. Tom Meade, the executive director of the Professional Abatement Contractors of New York, notes that, as the New York Court of Appeals stated, the Scaffold Law “imposes liability even on contractors and owners who had nothing to do with the plaintiff’s accident.” He also notes that changing the law to a comparative negligence standard, from the current absolute liability standard, would ensure that “parties are held responsible for their share of the liability,” which is the “standard in every other state and … the standard in most every other aspect of our civil justice system.”

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