New York Point of Law: Scaffold Law
Under New York’s “Scaffold Law,” all contractors, owners, and their agents, except owners of one- and two-family dwellings who contract for work in building, demolishing, repairing, cleaning, or altering a building or structure, must erect or furnish scaffolding, hoists, stays, ladders, slings, hangers, clocks, pulleys, braces, irons, ropes, and other devices to protect a person employed to perform the labor. N.Y. Labor Law § 240. This “scaffolding law” imposes strict liability on contractors, owners, and their agents for height-related injuries, whether from falling objects or the workers themselves falling as the result of improper safety devices. N.Y. Labor Law § 240.