Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Chandler Announce Increased Penalties for Construction Safety Lapses & Expanded Enforcement Sweeps
"We won't tolerate contractors who cut corners and recklessly increase the risks of construction work. We're quadrupling the penalties for the most frequent safety lapses, sweeping contractors with poor safety records at projects of less than 10 stories - where nearly three quarters of accidents occurred last year - and increasing oversight at these sites," said Department of Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler. "Our investigations routinely reveal that accidents could have been prevented if contractors simply followed existing safety rules. We're determined to change the mindset that safety violations."
2016 Build Safe │ Live Safe is May 4th
Tickets to attend this year's Build Safe │ Live Safe Conference are available for purchase. Department experts will discuss industry trends and safe construction practices. Professional credit will be available. Tickets are transferable, not refundable.
Crane Safety Technical Working Group Announced
In consultation with industry stakeholders the group will evaluate existing regulations, propose best practices and recommend new City policies to improve crane safety.
The Department issues weather alerts to construction professionals and the general public during periods of high winds or inclement weather. To receive weather alerts email WeatherAdvisory@buildings.nyc.gov.
Department Approved Course
Electrical Firm Accounts - New page added
Site Safety Coordinator Certification Renewal - New page added
PW1 Schedule C - Form updated
Plain Language Guide to Violations - Four languages added
1938 Building Code Digitized
All nineteen articles of the 1938 Code are now accessible as digital documents on our website. A search feature has also been added. Users may perform a keyword search and download each article for future use.
Tenant Protection Plans
New Crane Rule
Solar Photovoltaic Panel Projects
Customer Service Enhancements
Certificate of Compliance for Service Equipment
2016-004: Clarifies the definition of historic structure for flood zone purposes.
2016-003: Establishes acceptance criteria for grease duct enclosure assemblies.
2016-002: Rescinds Technical Policy and Procedure Notice (TPPN) 5/99 that is no longer applicable under any code.
2016-001: Establishes acceptance criteria for threaded high-strength steel reinforcing bars as alternative materials in the NYC Construction Codes.
Rules Proposed by the Department
1 RCNY 102-01 Amendment (public hearing on 3/24/16), adds new violation classifications enabling the Department to ensure public safety and more effectively enforce the laws, rules and Commissioner's orders related to the safe operation of construction equipment.
New Code Notes
Residential Conversions related to Multiple Dwelling Law, Articles 7B & 7C Alteration Type-1.
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Bill de Blasio, Mayor
Rick D. Chandler, P.E., Commissioner
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