We have talked in previous posts about the alarming rise of construction-related deaths in New York City. Many of the city's recent fatal accidents have involved falls and falling machinery. There is a painful feeling among workers, workers' families and worker advocates that some of the accidents could have been prevented.
Placing safety responsibility where it belongs
New York State Labor Law Section 240, which is sometimes known as the "Scaffold Law," is designed to hold project owners and contractors accountable for injuries to workers on construction sites. Where the worker falls from a height or is struck by a falling object, the law recognizes that workers who are exposed to such elevation-related conditions are subject to the risk of serious injuries. These rules are important because they place primary responsibility for safety where it belongs -- on the owners and contractors (and their agents) who control the job site.
Some businesses choose to put profits ahead of worker safety. It is not surprising that a number of New York builders and developers would like to see the "Scaffold Law" dismantled or weakened.