New York’s “Scaffold Law” (NY Labor Law Sections 240/241) makes property owners in New York “absolutely liable” for elevation-related injuries to contractor employees working
at commercial properties (office buildings, co-ops, condos, apartments, etc.). New York is the only state in the country with such a law (all other states apply a “comparative negligence” standard, where the worker can be partially responsible for his/her own injury, to the extent he/she was negligent.)
As a result of this law, New York property owners routinely attempt to transfer this liability exposure from their buildings and
their insurance carriers, to the contractors and the contractors’ insurance carriers.