The Scaffolding Law officially known as Labor Law 240 is intended to protect workers from the number one cause of injury and death in the construction injury, falls from scaffolding. Under the law, owners of constructions companies are required to supply safety equipment to their workers. If the law is repealed, they would no longer be required by law to supply that equipment. The law is straightforward:
All contractors and owners and their agents, except owners of one and two-family dwellings who contract for but do not direct or control the work, in the erection, demolition, repairing, altering, painting, cleaning or pointing of a building or structure shall furnish or erect, or cause to be furnished or erected for the performance of such labor, scaffolding, hoists, stays, ladders, slings, hangers, blocks, pulleys, braces, irons, ropes, and other devices which shall be so constructed, placed and operated as to give proper protection to a person so employed.
The Construction industry has been fighting to either repeal or weaken the law which has been in force for over 100 years. New York is the only state in the country that has a scaffold law designed to cover gravity-related workplace injuries.