S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2013-2014 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
January 9, 2013
Introduced by Sen. AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Cities
AN ACT establishing the "New York city construction safety task force"
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature hereby finds and
declares that the health and safety of the population living in and
around the many construction projects within the densely populated city
of New York is a matter of state concern as pressure mounts to build
more and more while completing projects in the shortest time possible.
Construction is the most dangerous occupation, with death rates four
times the average for other workers and conditions adjacent to
construction sites dangerous to the public. Recent construction acci-
dents involving cranes, for example, have killed construction workers
and members of the public, and have resulted or will result in the
expenditure of state resources for emergency services, court adminis-
tration and infrastructure repair. Additionally, two senior buildings
department officials were recently charged with various state crimes
related to their failure to perform their duties and to protect public
safety. Construction safety in the city of New York is covered by feder-
al, state and local statutes, regulations and agencies and can only be
achieved through proper coordination and cooperation among the federal,
state and local government. Testimony at a 2008 legislative hearing
focused on safety problems in the New York City construction industry,
including the lack of coordination, cooperation and joint planning among
and between participants in the construction industry in the City of New
York, including workers, industry, safety advocacy organizations and the
federal, state and local government. The establishment of a construction
safety task force with membership from these various constituencies is
essential to accomplishing the state's concern that the health and safe-
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
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ty of the population living in and around the many construction projects
within the densely populated city of New York be protected.
S 2. There is hereby created the "New York city construction safety
task force" to advise the city on issues related to safety in the
construction industry in New York city and to propose changes in rules
and regulations, licensing requirements, enforcement, training and any
other issue concerning safety in the construction industry.
S 3. Such task force shall consist of not less than thirty-eight
members as follows: (a) the mayor or the mayor's designee who shall
serve as chair, the commissioners of the departments of Buildings, Hous-
ing Preservation & Development, Environmental Protection, Fire, Investi-
gation, Health and Mental Hygiene and City Planning; (b) the state
commissioner of labor and two other representatives from the department
of labor; (c) ten representatives from New York state AFL-CIO labor
unions representing construction industry workers appointed by the
mayor; (d) ten representatives from building owners, contractors and
industry trade groups appointed by the mayor; (e) two representatives
from immigrant advocacy organizations appointed by the mayor; (f) two
representatives from workplace safety advocacy organizations appointed
by the mayor; and (g) three representatives from the New York City AFL-
CIO Building and Construction Trade Council. The mayor shall also
invite representatives from the federal Occupational Safety and Health
Administration to serve on the task force.
S 4. Such task force shall meet at least quarterly and produce a
report at least annually to the mayor of the city of New York, the New
York city council, governor, temporary president of the senate, speaker
of the assembly, minority leader of the senate and the minority leader
of the assembly. Such report shall include, but not be limited to,
statistics on accidents and injuries occurring on construction sites.
Such statistics shall be compiled by county and by size of project.
S 5. The members of the task force shall serve without compensation,
except that they shall be allowed their necessary and actual expenses
incurred in the performance of their duties under this act.
S 6. This act shall take effect immediately.