The Scaffold Law is a law that was created to protect workers and to ensure employers provide the appropriate safety equipment. Under the Scaffold Law, employers are held liable for injuries incurred by workers on a job site, with the exception of workers being intoxicated or injuring themselves intentionally. The Scaffold Law requires employers to keep workers safe, focus on working conditions, and provide and ensure the use of safety equipment.
Construction is costly and is often operated on very tight schedules to minimize downtime and maximize profit. Workers are frequently pushed to work faster, and one of the easiest ways to work faster is to cut corners on safety. However, according to the Scaffold Law, employers have an absolute duty to keep their workers safe. Employers are also required to give training certified by OSHA and The State Labor Department to their employees.
A worker who fails to properly utilize safety equipment can be held liable in the event of his or her injury. Rather than tying, removing, and retying a safety harness on each level of scaffolding, a worker may feel that they can move faster by going without the use of a harness. Although this may be caused by the structural ways of the construction industry that pushes for speed, the worker must always focus on workplace safety. The Scaffold Law makes an uncooperative worker responsible for their own conduct and insists upon workplace safety by convincing workers to take responsibility for their own safety.
An employee who directly contributes to their injury at the workplace is liable for their negligent actions. Such negligent actions may include the use of drugs or alcohol, failure to comply with employer instructions regarding the use of safety devices at the job site, and the employee’s failure to comply with safe work practices in accord with a safety program provided by the employer.
The Scaffold Law is a great law that enforces employers to always focus on worker safety and protect their employees.