Letter: Don't water down 'scaffold law'

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I know how dangerous construction is. I made it through two tours in Afghanistan as a Marine sniper, but it was a scissor lift in Uniondale that crippled me. It tipped over, and I fell 40 feet and injured my back. I was not given any harness or safety training. My injuries are severe; I still can barely feel anything below my waist.

But rather than focusing on safety so that accidents don't happen to workers like me, insurance companies are pressing for a law that would make the construction industry even less safe ["Rewrite liability law to increase road jobs," Letters, May 16].

Right now, New York has a "scaffold law" that says that when a contractor or owner violates the safety statute, and a worker is injured or killed, that contractor or owner can be held responsible.

Now, lobbyists for the construction and insurance industries are pushing to "reform" this law to let some contractors off the hook. If they don't have to pay when their workers are hurt, they will have no incentive to keep workers safe. And who will end up having to support people like me when the contractors and insurers walk away from their responsibilities? The taxpayers of New York.

Jigar Jamindar, Long Beach

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