New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued the following press statement regarding City Council’s passage of two construction safety bills:
“I would like to thank the City Council, the Department of Buildings and the construction industry for working together to pass Introductory Numbers 760 and 878.
“Last June, along with Speaker Quinn, Buildings Commissioner LiMandri, and leaders in the construction industry, I announced a 12-point legislative package to dramatically increase safety on construction sites across the five boroughs. The passage of these two critical bills completes that important agenda.
“Introductory Number 760 will authorize the Department to assign a safety compliance officer â€” at the owner’s expense â€” to construction sites with poor safety records. And Introductory Number 878 will require contractors carrying out major construction, demolition, and concrete work to get a safety registration number from the Department in order to perform work in New York City. This tool will give the Department an unprecedented ability to track contractors across construction sites and get a true picture of who has the best safety records, and who must be held accountable for unsafe jobs that endanger workers and the public.
“I commend the Council and the industry for their leadership and look forward to signing these two bills into law.”