Rise in Construction Accidents Spurs Non-union Group to Offer Training
A rise in construction accidents has spurred a non-union construction group to launch a training and apprenticeship program, providing basic OSHA coursework.
The group of developers and contractors, Building NYC, has partnered with the Associated Builders and Contractors group. Together, they are building a program that will provide standard Occupational Safety and Health Administration coursework and instruction followed by an appreticeship.
New York is seeing a construction boom and with that boom came a sharp increase in construction accidents. Since 2009, construction has tripled, over the same period, accidents have doubled. In 2015, New York saw 433 citywide construction accidents and 11 people were killed on the job.
President of the Building and Construction Trades Council of New York reported that union apprenticeships last several years and union workers can't go on job sites until the training is complete. "It's like astroturf," LaBarbera said. "There's no deep roots. They don't have a strong member involvement. It's almost an insult that they are doing this."
After a fatal crane collapse, Mayor Blasio said that he will triple fines for safety lapses.
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