A coalition of contractors this week in a letter to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie urged him to take up a bill meant to change the state’s Scaffold Law.

The measure, sponsored by Assemblyman John McDonald, would change liability regulations for workers who fall on the job when the injured person’s own negligence contributed to the accident.

“Contractors across New York State overwhelmingly support reforming the outdated Scaffold Law because they feel it’s job-killing impacts daily. The law drives construction insurance costs through the roof, making it virtually impossible for small construction firms to find and afford coverage for both public and private projects. This is especially damaging for MWBEs struggling to grow their businesses in New York.” said Tom Stebbins, the executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance.

“New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson recently endorsed Scaffold Law reform as part of his MTA reform plan. Progressive lawmakers at the State level should follow his lead; support small businesses and MWBEs and change this outrageous law.”

The bill has been opposed by both labor organizations as well as by trial lawyers groups.

Here’s the letter:

NYS Contractors LOS by Nick Reisman on Scribd