Training for the Safety of Construction Workers Now Law in NYC
Construction work is inherently dangerous. There are major construction and infrastructure projects ongoing in New York City. Construction workers are continuing to get injured and even die on construction-site jobs in New York City. A majority of fatal construction accidents, interestingly, occur at non-unionized sites. Many accidents, however, can be prevented if workers are informed of and observe basic safety rules and protocols. This means that workers must be trained and educated. Unfortunately it is often that construction workers are not properly trained about the dangers and risks of working on
construction sites. Contractors or developers, who aim at maximizing their profits, irrespectively, gloss over safety training and hire cheap workers, often immigrants, who have little or no experience or training. The predictable results: accidents, with serious injuries and death.
To address and curb the recent increase of deaths on New York City construction sites, Mayor de Blasio signed “Intro. 1447-C” a bill requiring each construction
worker to attend 40 hours of safety training in order to be able to work at a New York construction site. The Mayor’s Statement: “For the hard-hats in one of our city’s most dangerous jobs, this bill will help get them home to their families at night and keep the general public safe around construction sites. I want to thank Speaker Mark-Viverito and the Council for bringing this legislation into fruition and helping making our city even healthier, fairer and safer city for all.” [Mayor de Blasio press release].
The bill was advocated by the construction workers unions; but, contractors and the real estate industry opposed it. They argue that it would be expensive and that the timeline was impractical. However, the City will provide $5 million to help pay for the training for small companies and minorities. The life and health of these hard working construction workers deserve proper protections.
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