NY's unique 1885 workplace law blamed for adding millions to cost of some public projects

  • by: MICHAEL GORMLEY , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 31, 2013 - 12:00 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. — Years before skyscrapers, when New York City's tallest building was still the 281-foot spire of Wall Street's historic Trinity Church, state lawmakers passed the Scaffold Law, which made property owners and contractors liable for most "gravity-related" injuries to workers on construction sites.

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