Welcome to Building Trades Employers Association of New York's (BTEA New York) monthly Safety Brief, your virtual briefcase of important safety news and updates. This digital publication contains highlights from BTEA New York's Construction Safety Committee meetings with the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) representatives. 

Calling All Members!

Construction Safety Week is May 1-5!

BTEA values our members and supports everything you do on the city’s worksites to create a robust safety culture and keep our workers and the public safe every day. Construction Safety Week is a great opportunity to reinforce that culture and focus on the importance of safety where you work. For more about ways to participate check out the Safety Week webpage and OSHA’s National Stand Down page.  

BTEA SAFEBUILD has been Rescheduled! 

This year’s SAFEBUILD, a national industry forum on safety best practices and innovation has been rescheduled for June 22, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Club 101, 101 Park Avenue. The program includes our annual awards ceremony, the nomination deadline has been extended to May 12. You can submit nominations here. For registration and more information about this year’s SAFEBUILD, check us out here. Exhibitor and sponsor info here. Tickets are $345 for BTEA New York members; $395 for non-members. See you there! 

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March 2023 Incident Report/March 2023 Incident Report/There were 60 incidents in March, including two fatalities,trending up from February when there were 54 incidents and no fatalities.

  • March 2023 Stop Work Orders/Compliance and Enforcement issued 248 stop work orders (SWOs), consisting of 14 full and 238 partial stop-work orders, a positive trend downward from last month. DOB responded to 308 complaints, only 248 resulted in stop work orders. The response time average dropped to 1.7 days from 2.4 days in February, a marked improvement.

  • March Violations/Compliance and Enforcement Issued a total 1079 ECB violations in March, on par with February’s numbers. DOB conducted six safety sweeps in March, visiting 145 worksites. The sweep inspections resulted in 33 violations issued.

  • Ann Street Parking Garage/ Investigation of the collapse is underway. The preliminary assessment is a structural collapse, there was no work being done at the location. The last building permit issued was in 2010.

Occupational Safety and

Health Administration (OSHA)


  • Summer of Safety Webinars. OSHA is conducting a series of short “lunch and learn” webinars dedicated to worker safety. The next is the Region 2 Fall Stand-Down Kick-off Lunch & Learn Webinar, April 25, from 12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Safety experts and union members will provide valuable information on prevention and share supportive resources. Register here to participate.

MTA Construction & Development

For March, there was a total of 3 lost times with 6 recordables, bringing totals for the year to 14 and 18, respectively. Most are slips, trips and falls and struck bys. There’s an uptick compared to 2022 but largely due to an increase in work in more locations across the system. There was an additional incident of carbon monoxide poisoning due to an airflow issue. The worker was hospitalized but is recovering. MTA is investigating an electrical shock incident. The worker encountered hanging wire and is recovering.

“Wear Your Hardhats” – Memorial Mass for Workers Killed on Jobsites in 2022 and 2023

The Worker Memorial Mass is fast approaching, Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Deaths of union workers on jobsites have doubled since 2022’s Memorial Mass. Construction workers and their families and friends are invited to gather with the building & construction trades, union leaders, members and management at 3:30 p.m. at 460 Madison Avenue (between 50th and 51st Streets) for a Hardhat Procession into the Cathedral. The Memorial Service begins at 4 p.m. For more information, please contact Father Brian Jordan at (917) 566-5214, or Linda Camacho, BCTC, (212) 647-0700.

A Reminder of Available Web Resources

A Reminder of Available Web Resources

     Upcoming Events Calendar

     Fast 4 Newsletter: April 2023

     Safety Brief for March 2023

This report was provided by BTEA New York

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Building Trades Employers Association Building Trades Employers Association of New York is the construction contractor's unified advocate for construction safety standards, professional development, government affairs, public relations and fostering communication between public officials, public and private owners, labor, and the public. Realizing that a construction industry is essential to the vibrant future of New York City, its activities are dedicated to a building environment meeting the highest of environmental standards, integrity, cost efficiency, productivity and value that contributes to improving the quality of life in New York City. BTEA represents 26 Construction Manager, General Contractor, Subcontractor and Specialty Trade contractor associations with over 1,200 individual contractor members.


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