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Contractors and workers at odds over scaffold law

Insurers, contractors and property owners move to repeal legislation

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Responsibility: Some say the law is prejudicial to contractors and property owners, and absolves employees of responsibility for their own accidents. - PHOTO: REUTERS

[NEW YORK] In 1885, as new engineering inventions were ushering in the era of the skyscraper, lawmakers in New York state enacted a law intended to safeguard construction workers who were finding themselves facing increasing dangers while working at ever-greater heights. That measure, which