Abolish NYLL 240-1 (Labor Law) in NYS!

Abolish NYLL 240-1 (Labor Law) in NYS!

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NYLL 240 (1) (aka Scaffold Law), makes contractors and property owners strictly liable for height-or gravity-related injuries. With strict liability, contractors or property owners do not have to be found negligent or at fault. Lawsuits are driven by injuries occurring, at least in part, due to height of 'gravity'. However, height can be considerably lower than what you might think - a fall from a bucket or even several stacked bricks could result in an NYLL lawsuit. 

Contractors & property owners in NYS have suffered from this law for years with absolutely no consideration from Albany. NYS remains the ONLY state in the United States of America to maintain this law and it is time that we make a change.

Abolishing this law would benefit EVERYONE who conducts business in NYS, with the exception of the attorneys who currently take advantage of the law by pursuing fraudulent lawsuits which cannot be overturned due to the nature of the law. By abolishing this law, NYS would immediately become a more friendly business environment and would likely reduce insurance rates across the board for contractors & property owners by allowing more carriers to enter NYS and offer competitive rates for these classes of business. 

Currently in NYS, contractors, especially those who deal with heights, have a torrid time finding reasonable insurance rates as a direct result of NYLL 240(1). Many insurance carriers have left NYS due to the losses they have incurred as a result of not being able to 'fight' labor law claims. 

Without NYLL 240(1) then more insurance carriers will open NYS as a market and would immediately change the landscape of the insurance marketplace in NYS.  

Together we can make a change!

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