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.
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.
The tongue-twister "unique New York" could easily have been coined by someone in the construction industry. The state is the last in the union to allow construction workers injured on the job to sue property owners and contractors directly. Other states handle these complaints through workers' compensation, but not New York. New York has the Scaffold Law, enacted in 1885 and still going strong.