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The Scaffold Law is a 1885 New York State Law the places liability on owners and contractors for injury stemming from the failure to provide scaffold safety protections required by building codes. In later years, the courts added the terms “strict” and “absolute” to liability, thus eliminating any ruling of shared liability between owner/contractor and injured worker. This is currently a hot button issue as owners, contractors and insurance companies feel scaffold related injury cases are a slam-dunk for the injured, who receive exorbitant settlements that in turn increase construction costs. (more...)

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A bedroom in New York City can have lavatory in a bedroom only if it functions as a secondary lavatory. The dwelling unit would need to have a compliant, accessible bathroom elsewhere. The Building Code does not address requirements for a secondary lavatory in a bedroom, but it’s likely the DOB would require the lavatory to be fully accessible, meaning an accessible approach to the sink. (more...)

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