Unfortunately too many construction workers are injured on the job in New York City. In order to reduce these accidents and make construction the safest possible in the city, the Department of Buildings is organizing an annual conference on Construction Safety. The 2018 Build Safe│Live Safe Conference will take place Thursday May 10th at 117 West 46th Street in Manhattan. During this one day conference, the DOB invites experts to present the most recent trends in construction and discuss safe construction operations.
NEW YORK CONSTRUCTION SAFETY WEEK
This conference is one of the many activities that will take place in New York City during Construction Safety Week (May 7-11). During this week, staff from the DOB will visit NYC construction sites to promote workers and public safety. They will promote a multilingual campaign entitled Experience is Not Enough. This campaign is stressing the importance for every construction worker independently of his experience to use safety equipment especially fall protection such as harnesses, guardrails and netting. The DOB staff plans to distribute flyers in various languages such as Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Haitian Creole.
Falls are the number one cause of fatalities on construction sites in New York as well as nationally. Most of these deaths could be prevented if workers were provided and were using proper fall equipment protection.
Additionally workers will also receive information about extension cord safety and good housekeeping on construction sites. Extension cords are often a source of tripping hazard and can also become dangerous if they are damaged or defective.
Good housekeeping also promotes construction site safety. When a site is not maintained proprely it can be become a source of danger for workers. Keeping pathways clear, making sure working surfaces are cleared of tripping hazards, removing obstructions from stairways and other passageways is the responsibility of every construction worker. Good housekeeping can indeed prevent many accidents.
Tickets for the conference can be booked ahead here.