New Construction Rules Focused on Process Safety Announced By New York City Mayor

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the City would more than quadruple penalties for construction-safety violations in the wake of a crane collapse earlier this month that killed a pedestrian.  The Department of Buildings will enforce the measures, which increase penalties for individual serious safety violations from $2,400 to $10,000.  The new regulations take effect this summer.  The Mayor stated that the focus of newly hired enforcement officers will be targeting any instances of companies sacrificing safety for higher profits.  This furthers the recent trend across many industries of regulators targeting “process safety” as opposed to traditional slips, trips, and falls.

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