Mayor Bill de Blasio is working with construction union leaders in New York City to fight back against the growing numbers of injuries and fatalities on construction sites by improving worker-training requirements.
The proposal from City Hall would increase the training requirements for workers up to somewhere between 54 and 71 hours, and would increase the required training time for supervisors by 30 hours, as well as additional “task specific training” for certain workers like those who work with scaffolding and in confined spaces.
While this initiative will likely help boost membership for the construction trades through the extra requirements and training they already provide, it does not include an apprenticeship mandate, something several unions pushed for initially.
“We share the goal of the mayor and City Council that every construction worker goes home in the same condition that he or she arrived to the site,” Real Estate Board of New York president John Banks said in a prepared statement. “Additional safety training is clearly needed, but how much, for how long and by when are critical questions. It would be sad irony if otherwise-qualified, non-union construction workers and contractors who are also city residents are thrown off the job because of overly stringent requirements that don’t ultimately promote safety.”