As a requirement of a new law, workers on most major construction sites must complete OSHA 10-hour safety training by March 1st, 2018.
When fully phased in by 2019, workers at job sites that require a Site Safety Plan (which includes sites that must designate a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator or Site Safety Manager) must receive a minimum of 40 hours of training.
Construction is a dangerous business and workers must take every precaution to protect themselves from the risks of the job. Employers are required by law to provide construction workers with safety harnesses, but they are often not worn or connected to the anchorage point at all times due to a variety of factors, including inconvenience on the job.
A worker falling is the most common construction-related accident in New York City and experience alone does not make you invincible. No matter how many years you have worked in construction, you can lose your life if the appropriate safety measures are not in place. Please tie off when you are on the job.
The Department of Buildings is committed to promoting safe and compliant construction and improving quality of life for all New Yorkers. Since 2008, the Department has enacted more than 25 new laws designed to increase safety at construction sites. New regulations include a ban on smoking at construction sites, registration with the Department for contractors performing certain types of construction, demolition and concrete work, and uniform color-coding of sprinkler and standpipes.
Chapter 33 of the New York City Construction Codes outlines safeguards required during construction and demolition work.