Congratulations to three hard-working members of the Eastman Cooke team: Glenn Peden, Art Schumann and Ray Ruggiano! Each are now Registered NYC Construction Superintendents.
In order to qualify as a Registered Construction Superintendent, individuals must be trained in site safety, have at least five years of relevant field experience and demonstrate strong knowledge of building code enforcement. A full list of requirements is available at http://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/industry/applying-for-construction-superintendent-registration.page.
Registered Construction Superintendents play a vital role in New York – they’re currently required at new buildings in New York City and buildings under demolition nine stories and below. In July, the DOB will change the requirement to buildings under 10 stories, where nearly three quarters of accidents occurred in 2015. It’s part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s expanded safety campaign for the city to ensure construction sites remain safe for all New Yorkers. A total of 100 new enforcement inspectors will be appointed, as the city plans a sweep targeting 1,500 sites over the next three months.
Each site’s Construction Superintendents will be required to conduct daily site reviews and log all safety information. Heavier fines and stop-work orders will be issued if buildings fail inspection, or if contractors fail to comply with safety guidelines. Serious safety lapses will now result in penalties from $2,400 to $10,000. Repeat infractions or sites that lack a construction superintendent could result in fines of up to $25,000.
These changes are being implemented as the city continues to see record amounts of construction projects: construction has boomed to more than 300 percent since 2009, resulting in an increase in preventable construction-related injuries and fatalities.
“No building is worth a person’s life,” de Blasio said. “We have a responsibility to keep the men and women who are building New York City safe.”
With their extensive experience and dedication to site safety, Glenn, Art and Ray are definitely the men for the job!
For more information on building safety, including training and policies, visit http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/163-16/amid-record-construction-boom-mayor-de-blasio-increasing-penalties-safety-hazards-launching#/0.
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