New Law In New York Requires Workers To Get Much More Safety Training After Injury Increase
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration was created by the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970. Its primary goal is to provide a safe and healthy workplace for workers in the United States. They set and enforce workplace standards as well as providing education, training, and outreach. Most employees in the United States fall under OSHA’s jurisdiction and they have some 2,400 inspectors and 550 state consultants. The overall goal is to assist both employers and employees in establishing safe work practices and environments. Workers in New York’s construction industry are currently benefitting from OSHA’s outreach and education programs, as the New York City Lens reports.
It’s Saturday morning in New York and construction workers are watching a documentary about the deadly 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. It was one of the largest industrial accidents in U.S. history.
In 2019, construction continues to remain the most lethal industry in New York. In order to fulfill New York City’s new safety training requirements under a new law, Local Law 196, which was approved by the City Council in November 2017, workers on specified construction sites are required to receive 40 hours of safety training by June of this year.
The new law comes in response to the rise in fatal construction accidents that have occurred in past years. There were 11 fatalities in 2011 and that number rose, more than doubling, to 25 in 2015.
The number of injuries on construction sites has also jumped, climbing from 671 reported injuries in 2016 to 761 injuries in 2017.
The training curriculum is provided by OSHA and is comprehensive, with the first course covering OSHA and its role and responsibility.