According to a new report According to the New York State Comptroller’s Office, 89% of active construction sites visited across New York City had safety issues, underscoring the need for improved monitoring of construction sites by the Department of New York City Buildings (DOB).
Between June 10, 2021 and August 31, 2021, New York State Comptroller officials visited 43 construction sites in New York City’s five boroughs. Eighteen of these sites were actively under construction at the time of the visits, and 16 of the 18 sites had a total of 77 security issues. They included not having a site security manager; missing or incomplete site safety logs and daily inspection logs; and no documentation of workers completing required site safety training or attending required safety meetings.
Additionally, the report found that the DOB did not issue violations for those who failed to correct issues in 60% of cases where unsafe conditions were present for more than 30 days. The Comptroller’s Office also notes that the DOB has failed to effectively identify incidents and report injuries or fatalities on construction sites. Between January 2018 and May 2021, three deaths and six injuries were not reported by DOB. This is in addition to the 2,003 building construction incidents that also occurred during this period, in which there were 36 fatalities and 2,066 injuries.
To improve DOB monitoring, the report suggests creating policies and procedures that issue DOB violations for unsafe conditions in a timely manner. It also recommends the use of DOB inspection, violations, accidents, and public data to identify high-risk contracts and sites. Finally, the Office of the Comptroller advises the DOB to develop procedures, including coordination with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other agencies, to better identify incidents on construction sites. of construction.