Bill S671-2013

Establishes the "New York city construction safety task force"

Establishes the "New York city construction safety task force" to advise the city on issues related to safety in the construction industry in New York city and to propose changes in rules and regulations, licensing requirements, enforcement, training and any other issue concerning safety in the construction industry; provides for not less than thirty-eight members; requires that a report be issued annually to the mayor of the city of New York, the New York city council, governor, temporary president of the senate, speaker of the assembly, minority leader of the senate and the minority leader of the assembly; requires such report to include, but not be limited to, statistics on accidents and injuries occurring on construction sites.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO CITIES
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO CITIES

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BILL NUMBER:S671

TITLE OF BILL: An act establishing the "New York city construction safety task force"

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL: Establishes the New York City construction safety task force to provide an ongoing forum and vehicle for improving and enhancing workplace safety in the construction industry.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

The bill establishes a thirty-eight member task force to advise the city on issues related to safety in the construction industry in New York City and to propose changes in rules and regulations, licensing requirements, enforcement, training and any other issue concerning safety in the construction industry. The members will be representatives from various city agencies, the state department of labor, AFL-CIO labor unions, property owners, developers, contractors, immigrant advocacy organizations, workplace safety advocacy organizations, the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Council and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be invited to participate. The task force will submit an annual report on the state of safety in the construction industry and on its activities in the prior year.

JUSTIFICATION: To create safe construction workplaces in New York City it is necessary to bring all the participants in the construction industry together on an ongoing basis to evaluate safety and propose changes to existing rules, regulations and practices in the industry. The task force is modeled on the widely acclaimed New York City Scaffold Worker Safety Task Force convened by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2006 to address a rash of scaffold related injuries and deaths.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S.7287/A.221 (Lancman) 2009-10: S.1777 (Savino)/A.1241 (Lancman)

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Negligible.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 671 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cities AN ACT establishing the "New York city construction safety task force" THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature hereby finds and declares that the health and safety of the population living in and around the many construction projects within the densely populated city of New York is a matter of state concern as pressure mounts to build more and more while completing projects in the shortest time possible. Construction is the most dangerous occupation, with death rates four times the average for other workers and conditions adjacent to construction sites dangerous to the public. Recent construction acci- dents involving cranes, for example, have killed construction workers and members of the public, and have resulted or will result in the expenditure of state resources for emergency services, court adminis- tration and infrastructure repair. Additionally, two senior buildings department officials were recently charged with various state crimes related to their failure to perform their duties and to protect public safety. Construction safety in the city of New York is covered by feder- al, state and local statutes, regulations and agencies and can only be achieved through proper coordination and cooperation among the federal, state and local government. Testimony at a 2008 legislative hearing focused on safety problems in the New York City construction industry, including the lack of coordination, cooperation and joint planning among and between participants in the construction industry in the City of New York, including workers, industry, safety advocacy organizations and the federal, state and local government. The establishment of a construction safety task force with membership from these various constituencies is essential to accomplishing the state's concern that the health and safe-
ty of the population living in and around the many construction projects within the densely populated city of New York be protected. S 2. There is hereby created the "New York city construction safety task force" to advise the city on issues related to safety in the construction industry in New York city and to propose changes in rules and regulations, licensing requirements, enforcement, training and any other issue concerning safety in the construction industry. S 3. Such task force shall consist of not less than thirty-eight members as follows: (a) the mayor or the mayor's designee who shall serve as chair, the commissioners of the departments of Buildings, Hous- ing Preservation & Development, Environmental Protection, Fire, Investi- gation, Health and Mental Hygiene and City Planning; (b) the state commissioner of labor and two other representatives from the department of labor; (c) ten representatives from New York state AFL-CIO labor unions representing construction industry workers appointed by the mayor; (d) ten representatives from building owners, contractors and industry trade groups appointed by the mayor; (e) two representatives from immigrant advocacy organizations appointed by the mayor; (f) two representatives from workplace safety advocacy organizations appointed by the mayor; and (g) three representatives from the New York City AFL- CIO Building and Construction Trade Council. The mayor shall also invite representatives from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to serve on the task force. S 4. Such task force shall meet at least quarterly and produce a report at least annually to the mayor of the city of New York, the New York city council, governor, temporary president of the senate, speaker of the assembly, minority leader of the senate and the minority leader of the assembly. Such report shall include, but not be limited to, statistics on accidents and injuries occurring on construction sites. Such statistics shall be compiled by county and by size of project. S 5. The members of the task force shall serve without compensation, except that they shall be allowed their necessary and actual expenses incurred in the performance of their duties under this act. S 6. This act shall take effect immediately.

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