On May 10th, union construction industry executives from across the city gathered for the Building Trades Employers’ Association 2017 Construction Safety Report Card breakfast. This event featured presentations by several key stakeholders involved in New York City construction safety. The breakfast was kicked off by BTEA President & CEO Louis Coletti, who then, in turn, introduced MCA Board member and Durr Mechanical Construction, Inc. Vice President of Operations and Safety Frank Heidinger.
Frank highlighted the hard work and efforts of the BTEA safety committee before introducing US Department of Labor and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials who discussed and presented statistical data from area accidents and fatalities. In addition to the report presented by OSHA, New York City Buildings Department Deputy Commissioner of Enforcement Tim Hogan offered a sobering accounting of the jobsite accidents and safety violations his office encounters.
In addition, New York City Council Housing & Buildings Chairman Jumaane Williams discussed recently enacted construction safety legislation along with legislation currently pending. The event concluded with a presentation on construction site fires by New York City Fire Department Deputy Assistant Chief Edward Ferrier and FDNY Executive Director of Fire Suppression and the Construction, Demolition and Abatement Units Louis Cendagorta.