Thursday, February 22, 2007

New policies for suspended scaffolding

NYC mayor suggests new policies for suspended scaffolding

Lift Leader - Newsletter
February 2007
Complied By: Megan E. Baldwin, Editorial Assistant

In an effort to protect workers from falls from suspended scaffolds, New York City has announced plans to toughen-up on inspections and monitor the contractor safety practices. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said the recommendations developed by a task force that included employers, will be enacted through new laws submitted to the City Council and through new city policies. Representatives of the U.S. Labor Dept. also worked with the city in developing the new measures. Because more than half of the suspended scaffold accidents in the city last year involved scaffolds hung from C-hooks, new laws will require the city be notified prior to their use or installation. Another measure submitted to the City Council would increase penalties for the violation of regulations governing licensed riggers, and a third bill would require daily written inspections by a trained site supervisor, rather than by the user of the suspended scaffold as currently required. "I know a lot of people will say, 'Oh, more regulation,' but there were 29 lives lost last year,“ Bloomberg said at a City Hall press conference. Over the next four years the City will invest $6 million dollars in implementing these recommendations, with $4 million dedicated to the creation of a new scaffold safety unit within the Department of Buildings.

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