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No one will be able to work on big construction sites in NYC without safety training

Desiree Peralta

The Department of Buildings recalled that from March 1 the SST card will be required.

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Since last March 1, no one who does not have the so-called temporary or permanent training SST cards will be able to work on job sites. This rule has been postponed, but now is going to take effect.

This was warned by the New York Department of Buildings (DOB), recalling that by law, now all workers and builders of large-scale works must demonstrate that they took at least 40 hours of training in safety matters, which are totally mandatory. 87% of construction sites in the city do not require such training.

Until before that date, the requirement was to have 30 hours of training, and the remaining 10 must be completed, otherwise, the more than 4,700 work sites, which are estimated to exist in the City, and which represent approximately 13%, do not they may have more employees who do not meet the requirement. To date, an estimated 121,000 workers have already processed their SST cards.

The building Department spokesman, Andrew Rudansky, explained that Site Safety Training (SST) certificates can be earned with a combination of OSHA training classes and SST training classes. Likewise, he stressed that there are a hundred places where you can take classes, including through the internet, and also in Spanish.

“Construction workers have now had more than three years to get on-site safety training to work on larger job sites in our city. This training is available in multiple languages, both online and in-person,” said the DOB official.

Rudansky noted that since New York City began to be more stringent on safety training issues, the effect has been seen in reducing workplace injuries by 34%.

Last year 502 people were reported injured on construction sites in the city, while in 2018, the year in which it was mandatory to take safety courses to be able to work on large works, that figure reached 761 cases. Deaths were also reduced by 33%, in the last 2 years, going from fatalities in 2018 to 8 in 2020, and so far this year 2 people have died from falls.

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