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Gazette Editorial

Time to dismantle Scaffold Law

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Sometimes New York state’s legislative and regulatory excess can be dizzying. That’s certainly the case with the “Scaffold Law,” which holds contractors and property owners strictly liable even when a worker’s own negligence, or drinking, or criminal behavior, caused his injury in a fall from a scaffold or ladder. The law is unnecessary, counterproductive, a drag on the economy, and needs to be scrapped or at least revised. It’s unnecessary because since it was passed ...

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