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New Law Mandates 40 Hours of Safety Training

13 Feb 2019

In May 2018, the City Council adopted a bill that will require 40 hours of training for those who work in construction. The bill immediately proved to be controversial, which is not surprising. Any regulation of the construction industry usually receives pushback, especially from the real estate industry.

According to media reports, the President of the Real Estate Board of New York called the bill "flawed" and said that several issues needed to be resolved. Other critics have claimed that the construction industry will become "paralyzed."

If you have been around Brooklyn recently, you will notice these dire warnings were overblown. Buildings continue to go up—but construction workers continue to be struck down with injuries. If you were injured on a job site, reach out to a Brooklyn construction accident lawyer today.

Sensible Response to Escalating Deaths

The city’s decision to require increased training for construction workers did not come out of a vacuum. Instead, it was adopted to address a worrisome rise in the number of construction-related fatalities that have occurred since 2015.

According to one study, more than 40 fatalities have occurred between 2015 and September 2017, which provided ample support for the increased requirement for training. Unsurprisingly, union groups have supported the measure, which should improve the safety of its members.

The training will focus on some key areas of concern, such as fall prevention and substance or alcohol abuse. These are leading reasons for deaths and serious injuries, so by tackling these problems the city hopes to reduce the number of deaths.

Other Safety Requirements

Construction workers have many protections in the workplace, which many might not be aware of. For example, federal law requires that employers provide their employees with necessary personal protective equipment to minimize their risks of hazard. An employer who fails to do so is violating federal law.

Personal protective equipment, or PPE, can take many forms, depending on the risks you face. You might receive:

You should also receive adequate training about how to use and maintain this equipment and learn about the equipment’s limitations. In most situations, your employer must pay for both the protective equipment and the training on how to use it properly.

Contact a Brooklyn Construction Accident Attorney

If you were injured in a construction accident, you are probably worried about how you will provide for yourself and your family. Many construction accidents are quite serious, and many of our clients are out of work for weeks or months as they struggle to recover. Fortunately, you may be able to recover compensation for all of your accident-related losses.

Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman is one of the oldest firms in the city. We have recovered over $800 million in compensation for our clients, and we are leaders in the field of construction injuries.

For help with your case, contact one of our Brooklyn construction accident attorneys by calling 917-813-3514 or sending us a message online.