The first of the two bills, Introductory Number 760, willrequire that contractors with poor safety records hire and pay forindependent safety compliance officers. The officers will work oncontract as agents of the Department of Buildings.

The second bill, Introductory Number 878, requires all generalcontractors--as well as demolition and concrete contractors--toobtain a safety registration number from the DOB in order to getbuilding permits. The number will allow the DOB to trackcontractors' performance and identify those with patterns ofnon-compliance and poor safety records.

Under the legislation, the buildings commissioner can requireany contractor with a bad safety record to create a plan to improvesafety at its construction sites. The law will require the DOB tostudy the data it obtains over 12 months as a basis to determinewhether or not to deny, revoke or suspend a problem contractor'ssafety control number.

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Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny is managing editor of Real Estate Forum and He has been reporting on business since 1988 and on commercial real estate since 2007. He is based at ALM Real Estate Media Group's offices in New York City.