New York’s Labor Law 240 — also called the Scaffold Law — has created a lot of difficulty for many contractors across the state. The law holds property owners and contractors responsible for damages that arise from accidents related to high altitude. This responsibility even extends to situations where workers have blatantly ignored safety rules on job sites.
As a result of claims based on this law, insurance rates have skyrocketed and created serious expense for construction firms. This has made it more important than ever to strictly enforce safety guidelines on the job site.