Critics blame scaffold law for megaproject's insurance costs ballooning 557%

The infrastructure-boosting Regional Plan Association has echoed this call, citing studies that found the statute increases construction costs by an average of 7%. The think tank's president and CEO, Tom Wright, argued that Albany's special interest-dominated culture is the reason New York is the only state in the nation that imposes absolute liability upon employers for worksite falls.

"There is a growing list of changes and reforms that need to be taken and Albany just isn't moving on these issues," Wright said. "The scaffold law undeniably drives up the cost dramatically, without any, as far as we can tell, any public benefit."

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