NYC Department of Buildings Announces Mandatory 40 Hours of Training for Workers

Construction Workers on scaffold leaning on safety railing

NYC’s Department of Buildings (DOB) recently announced its final safety training requirements, which includes a mandatory 62 hours of training for supervisors and 40 hours for workers.

“Most construction accidents are preventable, which is why increased safety training is so important. Every worker who leaves for the job site in the morning deserves to come home safely at night. I thank Mayor de Blasio, our partners in the City Council, and the members of the Site Safety Training Task Force for their work to improve safety for workers and the public,” said Buildings Commissioner Rick D. Chandler, PE.

The new requirements will take effect in stages over the next 28 months and will apply to all worksites where site-safety managers, site-safety coordinators, or construction superintendents are required by the DOB.

Workers on these sites will need to have completed at least 10 hours of training as of March of this year, and will need to have completed at least 30 hours of training by December of this year. Supervisors will need to complete the full 62 hours of training by December of this year. If the DOB determines that there is insufficient training capacity, this December deadline may be extended to June 1, 2019. Workers will need to complete their full 40 hours of training by May 1, 2019, but this deadline can be extended to September 1, 2020 per DOB discretion.

“There’s nothing more important than keeping New Yorkers safe, including on the clock. These new training requirements will provide construction workers, including immigrant workers, with critical information on how to avoid preventable accidents and maintain safe workplaces,” said Bitta Mostofi, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. “Immigrant workers drive our local economy every day, and we look forward to working with our sister agencies and local organizations so that more workers can get the training they need.”

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