STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The city Buildings Department (DOB) has started issuing fines to any contractors who are non-compliant with coronavirus (COVID-19) mandates at construction sites across the city, the agency announced this week.
“Over the last 30 days, we have seen New York City’s construction industry increase across all five boroughs, providing tens of thousands of jobs for New Yorkers across the city,” said Andrew Rudansky, DOB spokesperson.
“To protect these workers, and the public against the spread of COVID-19, last month we implemented a new set of mandatory health and sanitation regulations for work sites, including new rules for face coverings, social distancing, cleaning protocols, educational signage, and record keeping,” he added.
DOB construction inspectors have conducted multiple site visits to each of the more than 40,000 active construction sites in New York City, making sure all mandatory COVID-19 health and safety regulations were being followed, said Rudansky.
“When we found contractors not implementing the new safeguards, we held off on issuing enforcement actions during this 30-day grace period, instead providing guidance and instructions to contractors on how to bring their work sites up to code,” he said.
But on July 8, DOB Started issuing disciplinary enforcement actions for failure to comply with the COVID-19 regulations.
“Contractors who are found to be flouting our rules, and putting their workers at risk, will be subject to violations with initial civil penalties of $5,000 for each offense, as well as stop work orders,” said Rudansky.
“Construction sites that fail to have a safety plan posted at the site or fail to have at least one hand washing/sanitizing facility will be issued a stop work order. Our city’s construction industry know what is expected of them to help stop the spread of COVID-19 while work continues, and our inspectors will be out in force to ensure they are living up to those expectations,” he added.
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