On February 2nd, more than one hundred advocates gathered at the state capitol for Scaffold Law Reform Day. Organized by the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York (LRANY), contractors, builders, small business owners, and developers traveled from all corners of the state to make their voices heard in support of Senate Bill S543. The passing of this proposed bill would make significant reforms to Labor Law §§ 240/241, commonly known as the Scaffold Law.
Among the voices in Albany were members of the NARI Government Affairs Committee, led by Committee Chairman Ben Jackson. The committee had the notable opportunity to meet face-to-face with…and urge elected officials to support critical reform to the antiquated Scaffold Law. Meetings were had with Senator Michael Fitzpatrick, Senator Phil Boyle, and the assistant to Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky.
NYC/LI NARI would like to recognize and thank our members who represented NARI at Scaffold Reform Day:
Ben Jackson / Ben’s General Contracting / Gov’t Affairs Committee Chair
Laurence Carolan / House of Laurence / NARI Board Treasurer and National Gov’t Affairs Chair
Joe Brazil & Jim Smith / Mainline Construction
Ed Palace / Newbridge Coverage
Kevin Wrynn / Kevin Wrynn Carpentry
NYC/LI NARI and various contractor trade groups are calling for New York State to reform Labor Law §§ 240/241 because of escalating insurance costs. Contractors are facing a threefold hit respecting these costs. First, recent large damage awards to injured workers have increased insurance premiums. Second, higher awards require contractors to carry higher limits. Third, there is word that certain carriers have left the market, thus decreasing competition.
The current bill is expected to alleviate some of the insurance burdens placed on contractors due to the current law.
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