Project Requirements: Work Site Safety Requirements for Construction Activity
The Administrative Code of the City of New York §28-301.1 requires owners to maintain their properties in a safe condition. Property owners, Contractors and Construction Site Managers must minimize the risk of accidents and fire.
Approved portable fire extinguishers must be available on floors where combustible materials or liquids are stored, where combustible waste is being generated and at the entrance of each storage and construction shed. NYC Fire Code §1415.1.
Temporary heating equipment used at construction sites. NYC Fire Code §1403.
When work involves relocation or modification of Sprinkler, Standpipes, Fire Protection Systems, etc., Contractor must notify FDNY and obtain approval, if required. NYC Building Code 3303.7 and Building Code 3303.8.
All shanties and contractor sheds shall be constructed from fire-retardant or non-combustible materials and shall be located in safe area. NYC Building Code §3303.1.3.
Tenant Protection Plan
Construction documents for renovation in a building with one or more dwelling units that will be occupied during construction shall include a Tenant Protection Plan (TPP). The TPP plan shall contain a statement that the building contains dwelling units that will be occupied during construction. The TPP shall also include the specific units that are occupied during construction and the means and methods employed to safeguard the safety and health of the occupants with details such as temporary fire-rated assemblies, opening protectives, or dust containment procedures.
The elements of the TPP shall contain detailed and specific provisions for egress, fire safety, structural safety, health requirements, maintenance of essential services, and demonstrate compliance with housing standards and noise restrictions (AC §28-120.1). In a building with one or more occupied dwelling unit(s), protective means (barricades, signs, drop cloths, etc.) shall be installed and maintained as necessary to provide protection for the occupants against construction hazards and nuisances. Such protective means shall be indicated on the TPP per Building Code section 3303.10. It is important to note that a Tenant Protection Plan required under AC 28-120.1 is different from an Occupant Protection Plan.
Temporary Construction Equipment
Renovation projects such as excavation, demolition and façade repair can require the installation of temporary construction equipment such as sidewalk sheds, fences, scaffolds, material chutes, hoist, etc. This equipment is required to safely move materials associated with the project and protect workers and the public, per AC §28-105.8 and BC Chapter 33. Also refer to Construction Project Guidelines for Temporary Construction Equipment.
Constructing Safe Shanties
Build shanties or contractor sheds with fire-retardant or non-combustible materials and locate them in safe areas, NYC Building Code §3303.1.3.