By: Joe Bousquin
Michael Metz-Topodas spoke with Construction Dive about the new law in New York that expands the definition of workers and puts more responsibility on contractors to report fatalities to a state registry of on-the-job construction deaths.
Michael stated that the intent of the new legislation is to provide insight into accidents to help prevent them in the future. “With centralized information, the Department of Labor can more easily and readily detect trends and patterns and direct regulation and enforcement accordingly to promote safety.”
- A new law in New York expands the definition of workers and puts more responsibility on contractors to report fatalities to a state registry of on-the-job construction deaths, including demographic data about victims.
- New York Senate Bill S1302, which was signed into law Feb. 16, amends previous language about workers to include “direct employees, contracted employees, subcontracted employees, independent contractors, temporary or contingency workers, apprentices, interns, volunteers” and other individuals. It also expands use of the term “contractor” to apply to a direct employer, contractor or subcontractor.