Crain's New York City demands construction-accident data from employers by Joe Anuta
The de Blasio administration has begun enforcing a law requiring construction employers to disclose more data about serious accidents and deaths in preparation for a public information portal that is set to launch in January.
The employers of two construction workers killed in separate accidents last week are the latest firms affected by the expanded reporting guidelines, which require the city to track more types of incidents than it has historically. The law, which went into effect this May, also requires the city to begin posting this data on the Department of Buildings website beginning in January.
On Thursday, a worker named Juan Chonillo fell to his death from a Fortis Property Group project in lower Manhattan. He was employed by a non-union firm called SSC High Rise Construction. Hours later, a 45-year-old worker employer by union subcontractor EJ Electric fell to his death at Brookfield Property's Manhattan West—the second fatality on the site in four months. The Department of Buildings said Monday that contractors in both instances have supplied the administration with the required data.
The legislation, sponsored by City Councilman Ben Kallos, was among a suite of construction bills passed earlier this year. Lawmakers are set to pass a controversial construction training bill on Wednesday