Tough NYC Law Aimed at Reducing Construction Accidents

New York City – Local Law 196, has gone into effect in the city, mandating that workers and supervisors at construction job sites are required to draft a site safety plan and to undergo safety training.

12 construction workers died in 2017, and according to the Department of Buildings (DOB), 645 accidents and 666 injuries were reported citywide last year. This year, four workers have died, 119 have been injured, and 120 accidents have occurred just through the month of February city-wide.

Through February 28 of this year one fatality, 16 injuries and 16 accidents related to construction have been reported in the borough. A single accident may have multiple injuries and/or fatalities.

According to the bill, workers are required to receive between 40 and 55 hours of training, and supervisors are required to receive between 60 and 75 hours. The training is being phased-in in three parts, beginning on March 1, 2018, with full training required by September 1, 2020. Upon completion, Site Safety Training Cards are issued good for a five-year period.

Workers at job sites that only involve minor alterations or the construction of a new 1-, 2-, or 3-family home are not required to be trained and delivery persons, flag persons, Professional Engineers, Registered Architects, Special Inspectors (excluding safety professionals) are exempt from the training.

Applicants for DOB permits have to certify that workers on site working under permit have the required training. Violations for untrained workers at a construction site are up to $5,000 per untrained worker for site owners, permit holders, and employers of untrained worker(s).

In addition, DOB requires logs be kept of all trained workers. Violation for failing to maintain a log will result in a fine of $2,500.