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Industry embraces guidelines for tougher safety procedures.

New York City's top contractors revealed new self-imposed site safety guidelines, while the Department of Buildings Commissioner Patricia Lancaster announced that she will be staying on for a second term during an October 22 Building Trades Employers Association's safety conference.

The 10-point proposal for site safety was drafted by leaders from Turner Construction, Bovis Lend Lease, Tishman Construction Corp., Skanska USA Building, StructureTone, Inc. and Plaza Construction Corp. Beginning in January, the proposed guidelines will be reviewed by other industry leaders, with the lead contractors expected to sign a memorandum of understanding implementing the changes.

"With New York City on the verge of an unprecedented building boom, the Build Safe NYC Project will make one of the most dangerous occupations in the world significantly safer," said Louis J. Coletti, president and CEO of the BTEA. "It is our responsibility and goal to foster a safer environment for workers and the public alike," he added.

The Build Safe NYC Project includes the following guidelines:

Effectively implement the Build Safe NYC safety and health standards on building projects in New York City;

Train all project managers and superintendents in their responsibilities for implementation of the Build Safe NYC EHS standards;

Ensure all workers on projects receive a Build Safe NYC orientation;

Provide assistance and support to Build Safe NYC subcontractors in preparing project specific safety and health plans, performing pre-task safety and health planning and advancing their safety and health efforts;

Partner with local union safety representatives;

Create safety and health advisory committee of industry organizations and agencies;

Engage the design community in exploring ideas they may have on

/// improving construction safety and health performance and supporting sustainable design;

Establish and build a construction skilled support resource pool for city-wide emergency/disaster response needs;

Develop, implement and share best practices with members of the building construction community in New York and establish opportunities for participation in Build Safe NYC;

Benchmark incident and inspection data comparison of Build Safe NYC firms.

"I congratulate the members of the construction industry who are taking part in this proactive initiative," said Commissioner Lancaster. "Our research shows that focusing on safety makes a difference setting it as a priority from the top down will make for safer job sites. The impact of programs like this are good for the industry, good for the individual workers and good for the general public."

For the past four years Lancaster has been a staunch supporter of tougher safety standards for New York's construction industry. During the event she told the audience that she plans to continue serving Mayor Bloomberg in her role as the Department of Buildings Commissioner. improving construction safety and health performance and supporting sustainable design;

Establish and build a construction skilled support resource pool for city-wide emergency/disaster response needs;

Develop, implement and share best practices with members of the building construction community in New York and establish opportunities for participation in Build Safe NYC;

Benchmark incident and inspection data comparison of Build Safe NYC firms.

"I congratulate the members of the construction industry who are taking part in this proactive initiative," said Commissioner Lancaster. "Our research shows that focusing on safety makes a difference setting it as a priority from the top down will make for safer job sites. The impact of programs like this are good for the industry, good for the individual workers and good for the general public."

For the past four years Lancaster has been a staunch supporter of tougher safety standards for New York's construction industry. During the event she told the audience that she plans to continue serving Mayor Bloomberg in her role as the Department of Buildings Commissioner.
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Date:Nov 30, 2005
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