The project involves training efforts to see that all partiesunderstand and implement the standards. It also involves providingassistance and support to subcontractors in preparing projectspecific safety and health plans, performing pre-task safety andhealth planning and advancing their safety and health efforts.Partnering with local union safety representatives is a key elementas well as creating safety and health advisory committee ofindustry organizations and agencies.

Other elements involve increasing communication with the designcommunity to explore ideas they may have on improving constructionsafety and health performance and supporting sustainable design.Other elements include establishing and building a constructionskilled support resource pool for city-wide emergency/disasterresponse needs as well as benchmarking and cataloguingincidents.

It marks the first time the city's top contractors areself-imposing site safety guidelines. "With New York City on theverge of an unprecedented building boom, the Build Safe NYC Projectwill make one of the most dangerous occupations in the worldsignificantly safer," explains Louis J. Coletti, president and CEOof the BTEA. "It is our responsibility and goal to foster a saferenvironment for workers and the public alike."

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