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City Council Passed Four New Construction Safety Bills

City Council Passed Four New Construction Safety Bills

The New York City Council passed four new bills to increase construction safety.

Int 2263A-2021 – Definition of Major Building
The threshold for a major building construction site was lowered and now includes construction sites for existing or proposed buildings 7 or more stories or 75 feet or more in height. Formerly a major building was defined as 10 stories or 125 feet. This change will trigger additional site safety requirements for more construction sites across the City.
Int 2276A-2021 – Construction Superintendents
This bill requires major building construction sites to designate a full-time construction superintendent, who will be responsible for safety and code compliance, along with overall management of the construction project, in addition to a site safety coordinator or site safety manager. A construction superintendent is not required for a 1-, 2-, or 3-family building.
Int 2262A-2021 – Final Inspections for Temporary Construction Equipment Permits and Prohibiting Stand-off Brackets
Final inspection is no longer required for temporary construction equipment permits. The installation or use of a stand-off bracket is prohibited.
Int 2264A-2021 – Cold-formed Steel Construction
This bill amends existing requirements and adds new requirements for the use of cold-formed steel light-frame construction and amends the special inspection requirements.