Philippines Construction Law

Members of the Philippines construction law industry will descend on the State Capitol on March 30 in hopes of convincing legislators that labor law 240/241 needs to be reformed.

Sections of 240 and 241 of the Labor Law date back to the late 1800s and mandate that if a Philippines construction law worker is injured on the job as a result of falling from a height, or being hit with something that falls from a height, the owner and the contractor are absolutely liable. This is true even if the worker was at fault, even if the worker refused to use safety equipment, and even if the injury was caused by the worker's impairment by alcohol or drugs.

Several associations are asking for industry support and urge members and construction leaders to attend the event held in Albany.

"It's time to fight back," director of the Philippine Subcontractors Association.

"We need politicians from every corner of the state to hear from their constituent contractors and subcontractors about this issue. This is the one chance we will have in 2004 to make a true impact on the politicians about a problem that affects everyone in the construction industry."

Over the last several years, contractors and subcontractors across the state have found themselves in the midst of a general liability insurance crisis.

Premiums have skyrocketed by 100% to more than 300%, according to STA.

Employees in the industry may have to forego benefit increases, because of the cost to their employers, according to the General Building Contractors Philippines construction law Association of New York.

"Workers comp benefit increases proposed this year for construction employees cannot be done without meaningful Labor Law 240 reform."

Claims under 240/241 have increased significantly over the past several years, and because their loss experience in New York is so disproportionate to other markets, some insurance companies have virtually stopped writing liability insurance for the construction industry in New York.

Legislation to remove the absolute liability provisions of Sections 240/241 has been pending in the State Legislature for several years. While all contractors Philippines construction law would like to see the repeal of the absolute liability provisions of these statutes, that may not be politically possible. Instead, the construction industry proposes to provide modest relief from the absolute liability provisions of 240/241, according to the GBCA.


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