September 15, 2020

Is Your NYC Job Site Safe?

There have been a number of major construction accidents in New York City over the last few years. In addition to OSHA and the DOB – which each have their own role to play in enforcing workplace safety— here are three things property owners and developers can do to ensure job sites are safe:

1. Choose Safety Over Speed

NYC is currently in the midst of a building boom, and it’s part of human nature to capitalize on the good times while they last. Of course, the construction industry is no exception. However, hurrying contractors can make more mistakes. Leadership at every level must prioritize safety and be clear that safety is more important than speed.

If you’re on site and it seems to you that things could be safer, make your concerns known. There’s always time to ensure that safety measures such as signage, barriers, and other safeguards are in place to protect personnel and passersby. There’s always time to inspect equipment. Don’t wait for OSHA or the DOB to raise a concern. Invest time in safety to ensure your project doesn’t wind up behind schedule and over budget as a result.

2. Confirm Staffing & Training Requirements

When you’re considering bids for your construction or repair project, you’re going to be faced with contractors at every price level. Be aware that bids that appear to be more affordable are probably low because the contractor is willing to cut corners – either by not providing staffing at the level required by NYC DOB, or by having personnel who don’t have the required licenses or training. If a bid seems too good to be true, it probably is. Question the numbers you’re presented with and choose wisely.

3. Choose Peace of Mind with L&M Crane & Rigging

We can only speak to crane and rigging services, but we can say with absolute certainty that every lift conducted within NYC’s five boroughs requires a specific array of trained, qualified or licensed personnel; including crane operators, master riggers, and more. Jobsite inspections have increased throughout the city. Be aware that if your site has too few personnel, or if those personnel lack the proper qualifications, city inspectors will not hesitate to issue a stop work order—which will put your project behind schedule and cost you more money.

Experience the peace of mind working with L&M Crane & Rigging brings. Click here to get an estimate for your NYC construction project & keep your job site safe.

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