Brothers and Sisters,
In 2018, we’ll take a large step in making construction site safety the law of the land in New York City. Thanks to the collective action of so many of our members, and members of a number of trades across the city, these increased standards give us hope that the epidemic of construction deaths plaguing our city will be a thing of the past. Thank you to all members who came out to rallies, shared information online, and took action with the tools provided, to prove that solidarity always wins the day, and that our demand of safer construction sites will become reality. We will be keeping you informed if any additional training is needed for our members because of this new bill.
Passage of Intro 1447c, Construction Safety Legislation
Wednesday, September 27th, The New York City Council unanimously passed legislation requiring mandatory training for construction workers employed on jobsites within the five boroughs. This legislation was passed in response to the epidemic of construction workers fatalities over the last two years. Workers will now be required to receive a minimum of 40 hours of training to be eligible to work on construction sites across the City. Key elements of the legislation include:
- All construction workers on jobsites (excluding 1-3 family homes) must possess a site safety training card or temporary SST card. To obtain a card, a worker must complete one of the following:
- 10hr OSHA, 30-45 site safety training credits
- 30hr OSHA, 10-25 SST credits
- 100-hour training program (includes training received under apprenticeship program)
- A 14-member taskforce will be convened to determine additional trade-specific safety training. This training will be in addition to the minimum 40-hour training requirement.
- Each fiscal year, the Department of Buildings Commissioner must submit a publicly accessible report to both the Mayor and the Speaker of the City Council. The report should outline the number of site safety training providers, the number of site safety and temporary site safety cards issued, the number of violations, a list of sites with violations, the average frequency of jobsite inspections, among other items.
- The Department of Buildings will conduct periodic audits of site safety training providers
- Violators of the law (building owners that do not comply) will be subject to civil penalties, including a penalty of no less than $1,000 and no more than $25,000 for immediately hazardous conditions.
- Each worker found to be lacking proper safety training will be considered a separate violation, and will be subject to a separate civil penalty. The owner of the site is responsible for ensuring all workers are in compliance.
- Permit holders are required to maintain a daily log with a copy of each workers’ SST card
- Full implementation of this statute will begin on March 1, 2018