Construction workers rally for tougher safety standards

Officials pushing for mandatory union apprentice training

TRD New York /
Dec.December 11, 2015 10:02 AM

Thousands of union construction workers gathered at City Hall Thursday to demand tougher safety rules in the face of a recent steep increase in construction accidents.

They rallied in support of legislation backed by Council Members Gale Brewer and Corey Johnson, that would require workers at buildings taller than 10 stories to pass mandatory apprentice training, overseen by unions.

Developers and other critics have accused backers of the new rules of using them as a pretext to increase union membership, Politico reported.

Gary LaBarbera, head of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, speaking at the meeting, cited federal data showing that 14 of the 16 construction deaths this calendar year were at non-union projects, though buildings commissioner Rick Chandler said he doesn’t have “reliable data” on the subject.

Deaths and injuries have spiked markedly, outpacing the rate of growth in new construction. [Politico]Ariel Stulberg


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
MCM President Jorge Munilla and a photo of the bridge collapse (Linkedin, Getty)

Contractor involved in deadly Miami bridge collapse alleges design firm botched review

Contractor involved in deadly Miami bridge collapse alleges design firm botched review
A construction worker at One Vanderbilt in August (Getty)

City reports decline in construction-related injuries, deaths

City reports decline in construction-related injuries, deaths
729 Seventh Avenue and Erica Tishman (Google Maps, Getty)

Husband of falling-facade victim files wrongful-death suit

Husband of falling-facade victim files wrongful-death suit
Golden Shopping Mall at 41-28 Main Street in Flushing (Credit: Google Maps)

Woman killed by panel that fell from Queens strip mall: officials

Woman killed by panel that fell from Queens strip mall: officials
Melania La Rocca

Buildings commissioner talks priorities in final de Blasio years

Buildings commissioner talks priorities in final de Blasio years
311 East 50th Street (Credit: Google Maps)

City moves to revoke license of contractor it blames for construction worker’s death

City moves to revoke license of contractor it blames for construction worker’s death
880 St. Nicholas Avenue (Credit: Google Maps)

Pair of NYC construction honchos to lose licenses over worker death

Pair of NYC construction honchos to lose licenses over worker death
335 Madison Avenue (Credit: Google Maps)

Scaffold at Milstein tower didn’t have guardrails when worker fell to his death: Department of Buildings

Scaffold at Milstein tower didn’t have guardrails when worker fell to his death: Department of Buildings
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...