As published in Crain’s New York Business By: Jessica Ramos & Gary LaBarbera
January 17, 2019 12:00 AM
The report published by the General Contractors Association—“Contractors blame scaffold law, bureaucracy for public-works costs” (CrainsNewYork.com)—relies entirely on unsubstantiated and unsourced data to rail against the scaffold safety law, an extremely effective labor protection in place for New York construction workers.
The construction industry is booming across New York, and business is better than ever for contractors. Meanwhile, worksite inspections are on the decline. The reality is if an employer or contractor equips construction workers with the necessary safety equipment and provide a safe work environment, the employer or contractor will not be held liable.