According to a recent, yep sharply divided, opinion issued by the New York Court of Appeals -- the state's highest court -- employers may not be automatically liable for injuries when construction workers suffer falls on the worksite.
Last month, we told you about new legislation that, if passed, would create additional exceptions to New York's Scaffolding Law -- meaning many construction workers would have fewer legal options if they are injured on the jobsite while working at great heights.
Construction workers in New York are protected by the state's Scaffolding Law -- otherwise known as New York Labor Law §240. Specifically, this law holds property owners and contractors liable for worker injuries when they fail to provide proper safety equipment, including properly installed scaffolding.
Given that New York has one of the toughest scaffolding laws in the country, it is no surprise that many business associations, property owners and large contractors are constantly trying to get this law amended or eliminated, particularly since it has the potential to impact their bottom line. This year, however, they might get their wish as lawmakers recently introduced legislation that will, if passed, change this century-old law.