Death should not be the price paid for New York City’s construction boom.

December 8, 2016, New York, NY – New York City’s construction boom, with an estimated 26 percent increase in construction spending this year, is costing New Yorkers more than a few dollars. In some cases, it is costing us lives. The Construction Safety Advisory Committee of New York (CSACNY) was launched by licensed, experienced site safety professionals to help promote stronger and more efficient construction safety measures that will prevent unnecessary accidents and save lives.

Following the death of two construction workers in November, NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Vivirito and 17 other council members announced the council will host an oversight hearing and explore legislation to “bolster building safety and to examine best practices to ensure these avoidable tragedies never happen again.”  The Construction Safety Advisory Committee of New York commends the Speaker and her colleagues and looks forward to working with them at this crucial time.

“We support the City Council’s efforts to make construction safety a priority,” said CSACNY Secretary Peter Amato, former NYC Department of Buildings Assistant Commissioner. “As experienced safety experts, we focus on site safety every single day and we hope to work closely with City Council members to keep construction workers and pedestrians safe on and around job sites. This process should include ridding our streets of fraudulent ID cards, creating a uniform training program with bilingual instruction and requiring OSHA’s 10-Hour training course for all workers on projects below 10 stories.”

In 2015, the number of construction-related accidents and injuries in NYC tallied to 904, according to a New York Daily News analysis of NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) records. That is double the number recorded in 2014. Additionally, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) counted 17 construction-related deaths in New York just last year, according to Construction DIVE.

“As Speaker Mark-Viverito said, these tragedies are avoidable,” said CSACNY President Jim Bifulco. “We have outlined an agenda that will provide long-term, effective results and protect all New Yorkers.”

The Construction Safety Advisory Committee of New York agenda encourages the following requirements be adopted and implemented:

  • Develop a uniform, easily verified training database system for all required construction safety training to be independently administered to prevent the use of fraudulent identification.
  • Require a site safety plan with required elements of NYC Administrative Code 28-110.1 for all New Buildings or Full Demolitions of buildings from 6 stories (or 75 feet in height) to 10 stories (9 stories or 100 feet in height) or a “building foot print” larger than 75,000 square feet. The site safety plan shall be filed with DOB through the Borough office or HUB. Site Safety plan filers shall have the option of DOB plan review or professional certification.
  • Enforce the rule requiring Safety Trainers to be IACET (International Association of Continuing Education Training) certified.
  • Require approved safety trainers to validate the comprehension of presented material, including through the use of multi-lingual instruction.
  • Mandate the 10-hour OSHA training for all construction workers on projects under 10 stories.
  • Streamline and improve the process to approve Qualified Safety Professionals to become Certified Site Safety Managers and Site Safety Coordinators.
  • Focus increased enforcement of the projects experiencing the greatest number of accidents, incidents and fatalities, under 10 stories.
  • Require netting to be installed in interior shaft ways (elevator shafts) every other floor or 30’ apart during construction or demolition.

The Construction Safety Advisory Committee of New York’s members have decades of experience in construction site safety, including several former officials from the NYC Department of Buildings, FDNY, SCA, NYC Transit and EMS. The founding members of the Board of Directors include past presidents of the American Society of Safety Engineer’s NYC Chapter, past president of the Safety Executives of New York, and other industry experts.

“The CSACNY Board Members all currently work in the construction site safety field and hold decades of prior experience,” said CSACNY Vice President John McCarthy. “Our knowledge is current, hands-on, and relevant.”

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The Construction Safety Advisory Committee of New York (CSACNY) consists of licensed, experienced site safety professionals with decades of experience who joined forces to promote legislation and regulations that improve construction safety on and around job sites. CSACNY works to educate leaders about and advocate for is agenda. The agenda outlines measures that, if adopted by New York City, would improve the safety of our workers and pedestrians, as well as protect the fiscal status of the city’s development by preventing workplace injuries, delays, lawsuits and more. Visit www.CSACNY.net to learn more.