Obviously the safety of construction workers is of the utmost importance when working on any construction zone. And, as the principal partner and founder of PCG Contractors, I take this issue very seriously. And in recent years, although there have been stricter rules and laws passed in the hopes of creating a safer work environment, construction workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world.
Now, New York City is trying to make the job even safer.
Recently, New York’s City Council passed a bill that vastly changes not only the safety precautions constructions zones must take, but also how deaths are reported.
Before the new bill was passed, any injuries sustained or deaths occurred by violating the general workplace codes were to be reported to the Department of Buildings. However, with the new bill, now any injury or death must be reported to the Department of Buildings, and failure to comply will result in a fine of $2,500, minimum.
The city must now also track and publish all construction site deaths and injuries. Contractors must also now include several details regarding incidents, such as injury type and whether the worker was unionized or not. And any construction companies that fail to report this information face an even heftier fine of $25,000.
The bill also states that OSHA must also be notified of any violations of the city’s construction code by the Department of Buildings, as well as the mayor and speaker of the city.
The bill includes quite a few other requirements, however those were a few of the biggest ones.
New York isn’t the only state that is looking to improve the working conditions of construction workers. According to a report from KHOU, a Texas Senate panel was considering passing a law that would require mandatory rest breaks for construction workers, as the heat in Texas can cause illness and lead to death. 15-minute breaks would be taken for every four hours of work.
Again, construction workers have dangerous jobs. Working long hours in stroke-inducing heat at dizzying heights can take a tremendous toll on the human body. It is imperative to consider not only the workers themselves, but their loved ones as well. Placing stricter safety regulations can only benefit the workers.