As part of New York City’s Construction Safety Act, announced at the beginning of 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed fourteen new bills, intended to protect construction workers in the city, into law earlier this month.
"Today we have a mix of bills that improve transparency and public access to information, help create a more equitable and accessible city, increase construction safety, as well as bills involving the web portal used by vendors who do business with the City of New York," said Mayor de Blasio. "I would like to thank Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the sponsors of these bills for continuing the fight for transparency, equity, accessibility and safety for all New Yorkers."
The new laws include:
- Intro. 1435-A: Certain cranes will need to be equipped with data-logging equipment to record work conditions and operations.
- Intro. 1421-A: The DOB will need to be informed when certain cranes are moved off or on a worksite, or the cranes will need to be fitted with locating devices, like a GPS.
- Intro. 1446-A: Class-B hoisting machine operators will be required to receive a license rating in order to use certain cranes.
- Intro. 1448-A: Contractors will be required to keep construction superintendents on major projects working on buildings that are four stories or higher.
- Intro. 1433-A: The DOB will be required to list incidents that occurred on construction sites online.
- Intro. 81-A: The Department of Buildings (DOB) will be required to notify the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of any Construction Code violations potentially endangering the safety of workers.
- Intro. 1324-A: The Mayor's Office of Contract Services (MOCS) will be required to post information about New York City contractors and contracts online.
- Intro. 1271-A: Vendors will be required to digitally submit their information to VENDEX.
- Intro. 1224-A: Vendors will be required to fill out questionnaires for a greater number of contracts.
- Intro. 1254-A: It will be required to send information about college savings plans home with preschool students, and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) will be required to send this information to families within three months of the birth of a child.
- Intro. 965-A: The DOT is required to create a citywide transit study that focuses on how to increase transit to communities that are less well served.
- Intro. 1311-A: The Department of Transportation (DOT) is required to notify the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) and New York City Police Department (NYPD) about resurfacing.
- Intro. 891-A: Businesses now that the option to be notified of 311 complaints issued for their building’s address via email or text.
- Intro. 648-A: Landlords are required to disclose any bedbug infestations in their building/s and provide tenants signing a lease with a complete bedbug history.