NYC DOB: 8,000 Construction Sites Require Safety Training

NYC DOB: 8,000 Construction Sites Require Safety Training

A new interactive map released by New York City's Department of Buildings shows 8,000 construction sites that require safety training.

New York City's Department of Buildings released a new interactive map last week that shows the location of construction sites where supervisors and workers must have site safety training under Local Law 196 of 2017. The law requires training for workers at large-scale construction projects, such as major alterations or new building projects.

"Requiring rigorous safety training is a critical step forward in our mission to safeguard construction workers and the public,” said Buildings Commissioner Melanie La Rocca in a press release. “This map gives greater clarity for everyone, especially construction workers, about the sites in our city that require additional safety training. Workers and their employers need to prioritize getting this potentially life-saving training right away.”

Any construction worker or employer can find out instantly whether they or their site must have safety training by simply entering the address of their workplace and seeing if it appears on the DOB's map

“I am glad to see the Department of Buildings leveraging and introducing new technology to increase the safety of construction sites. This type of innovation strengthens training capacity and ensures mistakes happen less often, leaving construction workers and the public safer,” said Council Member Robert E. Cornegy Jr., Chair of Housing and Buildings Committee.

Every construction site on the map has a link to extensive information about each of the projects and the map is updated daily, providing current information for members of the construction industry. The new technology is latest in a serious of interactive dashboards, reports and data tools released by the Department to give public access to information about the city's building environment, and builds off the successes of the real-time map series, which shoes the DOB's recent interactions with buildings across the five boroughs, active major construction projects citywide, and the locations of the more than-8,000 permitted sidewalk sheds around the boroughs.

Construction and demolition workers at the permitted work sites marked on the map must have at least 10 hours of safety training, and will be required to have at least 30 hours of training by December 1, 2019. These workers will also be requited to obtain at least 40 hours of safety training once Local Law 196 is fully phased in on Sept. 1, 2020. 

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