City Council passed its construction safety bill on September 27th, 2017. The bill makes additions to the Administrative and Building Codes to mandate worker safety training, creates a task force and imposes penalties for failure to comply.

Newly created Building Code Section 3321 presents requirements for Site Safety Training (SST). The rollout for worker Site Safety Training comes in three phases, referred to as “compliance dates.”

First Compliance Date: March 1, 2018

Second Compliance Date: December 1, 2018 or, if determined by the DOB, a later date, but no later than June 1, 2019. (more...)

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In another effort to improve construction safety, the DOB issued Local Law 81 of 2017 expanding the role of the construction superintendent. The DOB will be requiring construction superintendents on more job types while assigning them more responsibilities. Local Law 81 takes effect on November 6, 2017.

Currently the DOB requires a site safety manager during the construction or demolition of buildings over ten stories high (major buildings). (more...)

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The Department of Buildings recently implemented Local Law 78 of 2017 creating new guidelines for the reporting of injuries on construction sites. The law expands requirements for injury reporting in an effort to increase transparency in construction safety. The Department updates incident lists every month.

Types of Injury

Local Law 78 expands reporting of injury subjects beyond construction workers to include any injured subject, including bystanders. (more...)

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The Scaffold Law is a 1885 New York State Law the places liability on owners and contractors for injury stemming from the failure to provide scaffold safety protections required by building codes. In later years, the courts added the terms “strict” and “absolute” to liability, thus eliminating any ruling of shared liability between owner/contractor and injured worker. This is currently a hot button issue as owners, contractors and insurance companies feel scaffold related injury cases are a slam-dunk for the injured, who receive exorbitant settlements that in turn increase construction costs. (more...)

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In an effort to curtail the recent surge of construction injuries, the DOB has ramped up its stop work order issuances. Stop work order issuances increased three times faster than permit issuances from 2012-2016. Following approved plans and construction safety measures can prevent stop work orders. Project teams lose money when construction is stymied by a stop work order. Getting construction crews back up and running is critical. (more...)

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Fall is here and you know what that means. The DOT’s Holiday Construction Embargo!

During the embargo, road and sidewalk construction is restricted on some New York streets.. Existing permits must have the permit stipulation 410 for construction to continue. There is a waiver issued by OCMC. Waiver requests must be filed between October 7th and November 11, 2016. For more information on the waiver call Outsource at (1) 212-732-0555 or email us. (more...)

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There’s so much construction in New York that simply walking around Manhattan can feel like an obstacle course. Sidewalks are strewn with construction fences, sidewalk sheds and the notorious temporary pedestrian walkways.

When construction fences protrude over the property line, contractors may be required to provide viable alternatives for pedestrians. Here are the common circumstances:

Construction fence protrudes less than 3 feet over the property line

The DOT allows the construction fence to encroach up to 3 feet over the property line without requiring contractors to provide an alternate walkway so long as there is still at least 5 feet of clear passage for pedestrians. (more...)

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