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March 2014 Archives

'Scaffold Law' study may push New York lawmakers toward reform p2

We are continuing our discussion of a recent study of New York's "Scaffold Law," the state law that holds property owners and contractors strictly liable for injuries and fatal accidents at construction sites. We are the only state to have such a law, as most other states take care of workplace injuries through workers' compensation insurance.

'Scaffold Law' study may push New York lawmakers toward reform

Lawmakers in Albany are once again hearing from the construction industry about New York's Labor Law 240, the state's notorious "Scaffold Law." A new study suggests that, rather than reducing the number of construction site accidents, the law is responsible for the number of accidents being as high as it is. The study argues as well that the law costs the city $785 million every year for insurance and litigation -- $785 million that could be put to better use.

If it's cancer, we must operate - or not, according to study - p2

A friend of ours often tells us that technology is not always our friend. In medicine, technology -- pardon the pun -- cuts both ways. While diagnostics have greatly improved patient care and outcomes, the new tools may also give us information much sooner than we really should have it.

Was the weather to blame for upstate New York car crash?

A Hoosick accident very near the New York border with Vermont is currently under investigation. While the cause remains undetermined, some people may be quick to blame the driver of a newspaper delivery van for crossing into oncoming traffic, yet it is very possible that weather could have contributed to the car accident.

Woman who says she tripped at department store brings suit

Sometimes, when a New York business desires to make improvements to its premises, it will have construction work performed at the premises and remain in full operation while this work is being done. One thing that all businesses that opt to take this course of action should make sure to do is to take steps to ensure that the companies they hire to perform the construction work do not engage in unsafe conduct which could cause customers to suffer accidents during the course of the construction project. If a customer of a business suffers an accident as a result of construction work that is being performed on the business' premises, the business may find itself facing a premises liability lawsuit.

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