Liability doesn't enter into it; it is such an old fashioned concept, dreamed up and implemented by old, dead, mostly Christian, white men. There's plenty more "work at their own risk"
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I believe there's a hidden clause buried somewhere in the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill that addresses this issue, right near the clause that also exempts them from the Obamacare mandates.
The Scaffold law effects workers compensation insurance. In the other 49 states if a worker gets hurt from a fall he is covered by workers comp., but the building owner and contractor are protected from lawsuits if the worker is covered by workers comp. In NY state, the worker can still sue everybody in sight, thus no private insurance company will write a policy for any construction work in NY since 2003. All comp and liability insurance in NY can only be purchased from the state government, with minimum premium of $80,000 (2003). Thus competition is limited in that out of state contractors do not work in NY if they do not do a large amount of their work in NY to justify the insurance payments. My company works in the NYC area, but just in NJ and CT, fortunately auto insurance is not affected, so you can drive between the two. If the Scaffold law is dropped, this would be a big deal for me.