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Construction Safety

NYC’s Scaffold Safety Law ensures that contractors must provide their workers with proper safety equipment while doing work at high elevations. These conditions are the most dangerous in construction work. The Scaffold Safety Law states that when a worker doesn’t get all the necessary safety equipment, and then gets injured as a result, their employer is completely responsible. To join NYCOSH in advocating the Scaffold Safety Law, visit

Advocating for Safer Construction Sites

The Scaffold Safety Law simply requires that construction sites be built and maintained in a way that protects workers. Contractors and businesses are only liable when there’s an injury or fatality on the job if they put workers at risk of injury or death by violating critical health and safety regulations.

Big business and insurance companies have attempted to lobby against the Scaffold Safety Law for years, arguing that the law leads to unfair insurance premiums. Instead of sacrificing worker safety by gutting the Scaffold Safety Law, we believe that insurance companies should open their books to the public. That way, the public can determine if the premiums being charged to contractors are justified.

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