Cuomo Open To Tougher Standard For Scaffold Injury Liability

Law360, New York (February 12, 2014, 3:23 PM EST) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday moved the needle on long-standing efforts by the liability insurance and construction industries to change New York's unique scaffolding labor laws, which impose strict liability on businesses, property owners and contractors for worker injuries.

The laws are supposed to ensure that workers are protected — and able to get quick relief — for such mishaps, but industry has been arguing for years that the state's strongest-in-the-nation laws stifle growth by driving up liability premiums that fund injury payouts even when workers...
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