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Site Safety Plans Are Mandatory on All Jobs Requiring Superintendents

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Effective Nov. 6, 2017, Site Safety Plans (SSPs) are mandatory on all jobs requiring a Registered Construction Superintendent, as per Local Law 81 of 2017.

Pre-shift safety meetings for workers at construction sites

pre-shift safety meeting of workers at construction site

Effective May 16, 2018, a permit holder at a site that requires a site safety manager, site safety coordinator or construction superintendent must ensure that each construction or demolition worker employed or otherwise engaged at such site by the permit holder or performing subcontracted work for or on behalf of such permit holder takes part in a safety meeting at the beginning of the worker’s shift, and before the worker begins any construction or demolition work in the shift.

The pre-shift safety meeting must:

  • Be conducted by a competent person who has the ability to communicate with each worker who takes part in the meeting
  • Include a review of activities and tasks to be performed during the shift, including specific safety concerns or risks associated with the work.

DOB mandatory Site Safety Training signs at Construction Sites

DOB Site Safety Training signs at construction sites

General contractors must post worker safety information signs at construction sites where site safety training is required.

The signs must:

  • contain specific information about required worker safety training, including all site safety training deadlines and the number of required training hours
  • must be in all the languages used by workers to communicate at the construction site
  • be clearly visible to workers and must be posted at the construction site as follows:

Site Safety Orientations and Refreshers Log

Site Safety Orientation log

As identified in Section 3301.11, each permit holder at a site that requires a site safety manager, site safety coordinator, or construction superintendent shall ensure that each construction or demolition worker receives a site safety orientation before the worker begins any work at the site.

Each worker at the site must receive a site safety refresher if the worker has performed construction or demolition work at the site for one year or more; and one year or more has passed since the worker received a site safety orientation or refresher with respect to the site.

Construction Superintendent vs Site Safety Coordinator vs Site Safety Manager

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As identified in Section 3301.13.3, a construction superintendent is required for the following jobs:

  • The construction of a new building
  • The full demolition of an existing building
  • An alteration to an existing building that involves at least one of the following:
    • vertical or horizontal enlargement;
    • alteration or demolition of more than fifty percent (50%) of the floor area;
    • the removal of one (1) or more floors;
    • or work that requires a special inspection for underpinning or the protection of sides of excavations.
  • Other jobs that pose an enhanced risk to the public and property, as determined by the commissioner.

New deadline of December 1, 2019 for Site Safety Training (SST)

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As a reminder, workers serving as Site Safety Managers, Site Safety Coordinators, Construction Superintendents, Concrete Safety Managers and competent persons at construction sites to which Local Law 196 is applicable must have a Supervisor SST Card.

Training Required for Competent Persons by December 1st, 2019

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By December 1st, 2019, designated competent persons must take 62hrs of Training.

NYC Local Law 81 of 2017 dictates that workers serving as Site Safety Managers, Site Safety Coordinators, Construction Superintendents, Concrete Safety Managers and competent persons at construction sites to which Local Law 196 is applicable must have a Supervisor SST Card.

REMINDER: Alternate construction superintendent

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Local Law 81, enacted on November 6, 2017, requires the permit holder to designate an alternate construction superintendent in the event the primary construction superintendent is temporarily unable to perform their duties.