New York City’s New Construction Safety Requirements to Decrease and Prevent Fatalities

July 06 2018
Construction Safety

Construction safety should be the number one concern for every worker and project manager. According to the United States Department of Labor, there were over 600 fatalities at construction sites in 2016. In addition, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported that the two biggest safety violations at construction sites were related to fall protection and hazard communications.  Learning proper safety guidelines can help deter and prevent workplace negligence, which can decrease injuries and fatalities.

In 2018, New York City’s Department of Buildings (DOB) announced that they will require workers to complete 40 hours of construction site safety training and supervisors to have 62 hours of training as part of a new law.  OSHA broke down the construction site safety training requirements in a recent article.

There are many ways for New York City construction site workers to meet the requirements, including taking 30 hours of OSHA-approved safety courses, eight hours of fall prevention training and two hours of drug/alcohol abuse/ awareness. Construction workers were required to complete a minimum of 10 hours of training by March 2018. By December 1, 2018, they must have 30 hours completed, while supervisors need to be trained for their 62 hours. Forty hours of training will be a requirement by May 2019.

New York City is taking proactive measures to help prevent fatalities and accidents while increasing overall construction safety. You can be proactive at your property, too, by following the guidelines and safety tips on OSHA’s website. In addition to this information, a video surveillance system is a great way to increase safety at your construction site.

 Live Video Monitoring as a Construction Safety Solution

Your construction site can be dangerous enough for the workers who are familiar with it, but what about for guests and unwanted visitors who do not have proper training and are not fully aware of the potential hazards? If unauthorized personnel become injured on your property, it can result in liability issues. Live video monitoring is an effective solution to keep trespassers away.

Our trained security operators watch construction sites in real time. If they see something unusual, they can activate an on-site speaker warning. If the trespassers remain on the property, they can call local police.

Here is our video surveillance solution at work. A group of trespassers were climbing over various structures at a construction site. A UCIT operator called the local police before they caused any damage or injured themselves.

New York City’s new construction safety requirements and guidelines are designed to help reduce and prevent workplace fatalities and injuries. Live video monitoring can enhance your safety measures by minimizing accidents. Contact us to learn more about our construction site security solutions.

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