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Construction workers get another 6 months to meet safety training requirements

For the second time since the new requirements were enacted, city officials have extended the deadline for construction workers to complete new safety training. The City Council on Wednesday granted workers another six months to complete at least 30 hours of training, meaning the new deadline is Dec. 1, 2019. The bill also gives the […]

NYC lawmaker stresses safety training after month’s 3rd death

Dive Brief: There have been three construction-related deaths in New York City already this month, and city council member Robert Cornegy Jr. has taken the opportunity to remind building officials how important it is that they implement the construction safety training laws passed in 2017, Crain’s New York Business reported. One worker fell to his death while performing brickwork […]

3D-printed precast concrete molds for redeveloped NYC landmark a first

It would be a shame to redevelop the Domino Sugar refinery property in Brooklyn without giving a nod to the historic building’s past. Installing concrete panels on the exterior of the 42-story tower achieved that, but manufacturing those panels from 3D-printed molds also provided a glimpse of the future. The under-development high-rise known as One South […]

NYC sewer system construction costs rocket 1500% to $1.2B

Dive Brief: Costs for the Gowanus Canal sewage retention tank project in Brooklyn, New York, have shot up to $1.2 billion, more than 1500% higher than its original price tag of $78 million, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported. The new cost projection is also more than twice what the Environmental Protection Agency expected the cost of the […]

Avoiding the Most Common OSHA Citations

Just one mistake could put sanitation industry employers in hot water with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). But OSHA’s standards aren’t always on par with what’s happening in waste and recycling operations. According to Kirk Sander, National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) vice president of safety and standards, the top five cited […]

New DOB maps shows all building violations, permits issued in past 12 months

The Department of Buildings now has an interactive map that offers a quick glimpse at construction activity, accidents and violations in the city over the past 12 months. The map, unveiled on Friday, highlights every building that has had some interaction with the DOB in the past year. Such interactions include being issued construction permits, […]

Related, NYC union coalition strike deal

It could be a new day for labor relations in New York City with the announcement that developer Related Cos. and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York (BCTC) have struck a deal, in essence, to play nice. Related and the BCTC announced Wednesday that they had entered into an “historic accord” […]

New York Construction Workers Remain at Risk Without Legislative Action

With this year’s legislative session in full-swing in Albany, special interest groups have resumed their attacks on laws designed to keep workers safe on construction sites. Construction and insurance trade groups, seeking to shed accountability and pad their pockets, have argued that labor protections like the Scaffold Safety Law are somehow undermining worker safety. However, a […]

End of an era? Construction permits declined in 2018

Construction activity declined in 2018 for the first time in nearly a decade, officials announced Tuesday. The drop could signal the end of a historic run that transformed the skyline and altered entire neighborhoods—even as the city struggled with an increasingly acute housing shortage. Contractors and developers filed for nearly 166,000 permits last year, according to […]

Details emerge of prevailing wage deal between union, NYC on housing projects

Dive Brief: A prevailing wage deal between New York City officials and Service Employees International Union, Local 32BJ (32BJ SEIU) guarantees member workers’ employment at affordable housing projects in 15 rezoned neighborhoods, Crain’s New York Business reported. Within each rezoned area, most projects with more than 30 units and that receive some sort of public subsidy must […]