Welcome to Building Trades Employers Association’s (BTEA) Safety Brief, containing important safety news and updates. This digital publication contains highlights from BTEA’s Construction Safety Committee meetings with New York City Department of Buildings and OSHA representatives.

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On January 19, 2022, BTEA’s Construction Safety Committee held its monthly safety meeting virtually. Below are important highlights from the agenda.

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December Incident Report

In December, there were 38 incidents that contributed to 39 total injuries and one fatality.

Trends in Incidents

  •  Ladder incidents remain the most common incidents on jobsites.
  • There is an increase of slips and falls due to the cold and icy weather.
  •  Material handling.
  •  Material falling off buildings, mostly falling on to cars and sidewalk sheds, as well as ricocheting off sidewalk sheds. Findings show the horizontal and vertical nettings are not as they should be and need to be checked every day.

For DOB Enforcement Report Highlights for November 2021, click here.

COVID-19 Complaints, Stop Work Orders & Summons Report – December 2021

  • In December, NYC DOB issued 295 stop work orders. This included 219 partial stop work orders and 76 full stop work orders.

  • 677 stop work orders, issued by Construction Safety Compliance (CSC) and Construction Safety Enforcement (CSE), were rescinded with an appointment time of under two days. This is after all the information has been correctly submitted to DOB requesting a reinspection.

  • Under Local Law 196, DOB issued a total of 52 violations for December. Ten of those violations were for inadequate logs and 42 were for no training or inadequate training.

DOB Industry Notices

  • BOILERS | DOB NOW: Safety will be updated January 24, 2022, to incorporate changes to the annual boiler inspection requirements.
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  • ELEVATORS | DOB NOW: Safety will be updated January 24, 2022 to incorporate changes to elevator inspection and test requirements.
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Occupational Safety and

Health Administration (OSHA)


OSHA Celebrates First

50 Years of Protecting America's Workforce!

Watch OSHA 50 Year Message

OSHA Initiatives for 2022



Supreme Court Ruling on OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard

Despite the Supreme Court ruling on the OSHA ETS, employers should still be taking the appropriate actions to protect workers from contracting COVID-19 on the job.


U.S. Secretary of Labor, Marty Walsh, issued a statement following the Supreme Court ruling.

“Regardless of the ultimate outcome of these proceedings, OSHA will do everything in its existing authority to hold businesses accountable for protecting workers, including under the COVID-19 National Emphasis Program and General Duty Clause.

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New York City and New York State provided some clarification on health guidance and policies with respect to COVID-19. See below:

This report was provided by BTEA New York CEO and President, Louis J. Coletti.

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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 general 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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