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
Melania La Rocca

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

880 St. Nicholas Avenue (Credit: Google Maps)

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

859 Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn (Credit: Google Maps and iStock)

NYC saw at least dozen construction deaths in 2018. Only 1 was reported

Developer behind fatal facade collapse that killed 2-year-old to pay city $50K, but won’t serve time

Developer behind fatal facade collapse that killed 2-year-old to pay city $50K, but won’t serve time

Officials at rally say construction tax fraud and fatalities are linked

Officials at rally say construction tax fraud and fatalities are linked

After rash of construction worker deaths, NYC council member promises to finally implement safety law

After rash of construction worker deaths, NYC council member promises to finally implement safety law

arrow_forward_ios