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“The recent spate of construction worker deaths in our city is tragic, senseless – and even worse, entirely avoidable,” La Rocca said. “The death of even one construction worker is wholly unacceptable.”
During this sweep, DOB inspectors will be conducting site visits at thousands of construction work sites in neighborhoods across the city. Contractors who are found to be putting their workers at risk by flouting safety regulations could face penalties of up to $25,000 for each construction safety violation. Inspectors will be:
Last month, the department announced that five new construction safety bills were introduced for consideration in the New York City Council. If adopted, these bills would greatly enhance oversight and accountability on construction sites in the city by licensing general contractors who perform construction work, requiring more site safety supervision at larger work sites, strengthening requirements for cold-formed steel construction and permanently banning the dangerous use of stand-off brackets for suspended scaffold work, the department said.
This construction safety legislation package builds upon other recent moves by the DOB to increase safety on the city’s construction sites, including increasing penalties for the most serious safety violations, hiring hundreds of additional inspectors, implementing a first-of-its-kind safety training program for the city’s construction workforce and increasing the frequency of unannounced construction safety inspections of large work sites across the city.
These safety efforts spearheaded led to a 34% decrease in injuries on building construction sites in New York City from 2018 to 2020, the department said.