NYCOSH Slams New York State Business Council’s 2016 Advocacy Priorities

For Immediate Release:  January 20, 2016

Contact: Monica Novoa

Communications Director, NYCOSH

mnovoa@nycosh.org

Cell: (929) 366-5320

 

New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health

Slams New York State Business Council’s 2016 Advocacy Priorities

Calls Proposal to Gut Workers’ Comp System “Inhumane”; Scaffold Safety Reforms “Ill-Advised”

 

New York, NY—The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) criticized the newly released New York State Business Council’s 2016 Advocacy Priorities, which include undermining both the Scaffold Safety Law and the Workers’ Compensation system. The Business Council’s prioritizes a number of changes aimed at slashing the costs to businesses, while increasing dangerous and inhumane conditions for workers. These proposals include:

“We are disgusted with the Business Council’s desperate attempt to cut costs for employers at the expense of New Yorkers who happen to get injured on the job. If employers want to cut back on workers’ compensation costs or the cost of insurance, they should focus on creating safer workplaces so people don’t get injured or killed in the first place,” said Lee Clarke, NYCOSH Board Chair.

“Workers’ compensation is a critical component of protecting the injured and disabled in New York State, as is the Scaffold Safety Law,” said NYCOSH Executive Director, Charlene Obernauer, “For the past decade or more, the Business Council has done everything in its power to erode the workers’ compensation system and eliminate critical safety laws. We will continue to fight their unreasonable and inhumane proposals that value profit over lives.”

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NYCOSH is a membership organization of workers, unions, community-based organizations, health and legal professionals, and other activists. The mission of NYCOSH is to extend and defend every person’s human right to a safe and healthful work environment.