Did New York Zero Tolerance Campaign Improve Jobsite Safety?

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When the Zero Tolerance program was in effect, not a single fatal accident occurred on a New York City construction site.

December 13, 2021
Neil Flynn - Construction Executive

Construction work is one of the most dangerous jobs in America, accounting for 19% of all workplace deaths in 2019. In New York City, that number is almost 50% higher, with construction accidents accounting for a quarter of all workplace deaths. One of the most positive developments in this area, despite the presence of COVID-19, has been the recent implementation of the “Zero Tolerance” campaign by the New York City’s Department of Buildings.

The goal of the DOB’s latest construction safety campaign was to reduce the number of building site injuries and fatalities by implementing a zero-tolerance standard. While it is too premature to measure the program’s efficiency, a preliminary analysis of the first three months’ results appear to be nothing short of impressive.

Reprinted courtesy of Neil Flynn, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.

Mr. Flynn may be contacted at nf@plattalaw.com


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