A coalition of business groups and chambers of commerce are urging Gov. Eliot Spitzer and the New York Legislature to remove absolute liability provisions from New York Labor Law ��240 and 241 as a way of improving the state’s economy.

Kenneth Adams, president of the Business Council of New York State, said property owners and contractors should have the ability to defend themselves against claims filed by people injured in work place falls. “The effects of the ‘Scaffold Law’ are nasty: inflated business insurance costs and higher costs of goods, services and taxes for all New Yorkers,” Adams said.