Senate Passes Construction Safety Legislation

Liz Krueger

April 29, 2009

By David King

The Senate passed a bill today that requires the NYC Department of Buildings to re-inspect construction sites that have been issued hazardous violations . There is currently no mandate in place for the buildings department to re-inspect sites that have dangerous code violations and therefore companies have little motivation to correct the problems.

The bill also allows the buildings department to issue fines from $1,500 to $5000 if the problem is not corrected. The legislation was sponsored by Sen. Liz Krueger and was authored in response to recent construction accidents including two fatal crane collapses.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg and community activists supported the bill.

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