The Safe Jobs Act, which is pending City Council approval, will ensure that all construction workers on taxpayer-funded projects will receive safety training that could be lifesaving
New York, N.Y (PRWEB) November 28, 2013
In the years 2011 and 2012, 36 workers died on construction jobs in New York City. According to a report released Nov. 14 by the safety advocacy group Public Citizen, 72 percent of those deaths occurred on construction sites where workers did not participate in state-approved safety training and apprenticeship programs. Existing city laws only require that such training be provided by employers who are operating under conventional city contracts, the report states.
The Public Citizen report notes that the city also funds construction projects through "public benefit corporations," – entities that publicly finance projects through tax incentive financing. These projects lack the same worker training requirements as projects under city contractors, the report states.
Public Citizen officials say that the Safe Jobs Act, which is pending City Council approval, will ensure that all construction workers on taxpayer-funded projects will receive safety training that could be lifesaving. In addition, this law, if passed, will require construction companies working on projects larger than $1 million that are taxpayer-supported to run training programs.
Safety training at construction sites can make the difference between life and death, says New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "Many construction workers in New York City are being put at significant risk of injury. Improving safety policies and expanding training requirements as mandated by the Safe Jobs Act will be a step in the right direction."
All employers are required by state and federal laws to provide a safe work environment for their employees, Wilhelm says. "Providing proper job and safety training is crucial. Workers should also be provided with safety gear such as fall safety devices that can help prevent catastrophic injuries or fatalities at the construction site." In one of our cases, a construction worker received $3,375,576 (Index Number:113585/2003, Supreme Court, New York County) for his injuries at an unsafe worksite.
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