Tired rhetoric ignores benefits of scaffold law

To the Editor: You can’t put a price on worker safety. The Subcontractors Trade Association of NYC’s letter, “Design-build, yes, but reform scaffold law, too,” repeats tired rhetoric about New York’s scaffold safety law that...

Tired rhetoric ignores benefits of scaffold law

To the Editor:

You can’t put a price on worker safety. The Subcontractors Trade Association of NYC’s letter, “Design-build, yes, but reform scaffold law, too,” repeats tired rhetoric about New York’s scaffold safety law that fails to recognize the truth about construction hazards to workers.

article continues below advertisement The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health recently released a report that found construction worker deaths are increasing in New York and that many construction employers across the state are consistently violating regulations and code requirements.

The scaffold law holds contractors and developers accountable if their failure to follow safety rules results in the death or injury of a worker. Safety violations were found at more than 90% of New York construction sites with a fatality in 2015. Without the law, construction workers would be at greater risk, because there would be no system in place to hold the people who can keep a worksite safe accountable.

There's a bill in Albany that would open up the insurance industry's books to determine the law's impact on insurance rates. But they would rather see workers die than shine some sanitizing sunlight on their practices. What are they hiding?

Mike McGuire

Director

Mason Tenders District Council of Greater New York PAC

To the Editor:

You can’t put a price on worker safety. The Subcontractors Trade Association of NYC’s letter, “Design-build, yes, but reform scaffold law, too,” repeats tired rhetoric about New York’s scaffold safety law that fails to recognize the truth about construction hazards to workers.

article continues below advertisement The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health recently released a report that found construction worker deaths are increasing in New York and that many construction employers across the state are consistently violating regulations and code requirements.

The scaffold law holds contractors and developers accountable if their failure to follow safety rules results in the death or injury of a worker. Safety violations were found at more than 90% of New York construction sites with a fatality in 2015. Without the law, construction workers would be at greater risk, because there would be no system in place to hold the people who can keep a worksite safe accountable.

There's a bill in Albany that would open up the insurance industry's books to determine the law's impact on insurance rates. But they would rather see workers die than shine some sanitizing sunlight on their practices. What are they hiding?

Mike McGuire

Director

Mason Tenders District Council of Greater New York PAC

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