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Editorial: At last, it's time to dismantle 'Scaffold Law'

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“Only in New York” is usually just a figure of speech, denoting exasperation with some financial, political or regulatory excess or another. But in the case of the infamous “Scaffold Law,” it’s literally true: New York is the only state that holds contractors and property owners strictly liable even when a worker’s own negligence, or drinking or drug taking, contributes to his injury in a fall from a scaffold or ladder. This is an archaic ...

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