Construction industry advocates push for scaffold law reform


Some people in the Buffalo construction industry say the so-called “Scaffold Law” is holding construction in the city of Buffalo back.

The law holds builders 100% accountable for any gravity-related accidents, like falls.

Officials said this law used to be necessary until safety standards were raised.

They said the scaffold law drives prices through the roof and wastes taxpayer money.

“A $31 million project, the Jefferson Avenue affordable housing projects, $8 million of that is additional insurance premiums because of the Scaffold Law. The $750 million solar city project, at least $37 million in taxpayer money because of Scaffold Law,” said Joseph Benedict, Executive Director of the Buffalo Construction Exchange.

The group said studies show the law does not actually make construction sites more safe. They said getting rid of the law would boost revenue.

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