December 12, 2011
2011 BTEA SAFETY CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS
New York City Deputy Mayor for Operations, Caswell Holloway was the keynote speaker at the BTEA’s 2011 Safety Conference recently held at the Hilton New York Hotel in Manhattan. Deputy Mayor Holloway addressed over 250 attendees at the Conference Luncheon. Holloway spoke about the City’s recent initiatives in construction safety and highlighted the Bloomberg Administration’s efforts to make the Department of Buildings administrative processes more “user” friendly. Deputy Mayor Holloway also lauded the BTEA for its efforts in promoting construction safety across the New York City construction industry.
Conference attendees also heard presentations from OSHA Regional Administrator Robert Kulick, Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri and Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano. Also OSHA Manhattan Office Director Kay Gee, Assistant Buildings Commissioner Robert Alacha and Assistant Health Commissioner Nancy Clark made presentations on the construction industry’s 2010-2011 safety report card. Formal seminar sessions covered topics such as criminal liability in the area of construction safety in New York, New York City Fire Department Inspections and New York City Fire Department Special Operations and Emergencies.
The Conference also featured a trade show featuring a variety of safety service and equipment vendors and consultants. The BTEA wishes to thank its 2011 Safety Conference Planning Committee, chaired by Jeff Hutchens from Turner Construction, for their efforts in making this event an unqualified success.
CONSTRUCTION SITE FIRE SAFETY MANAGER PANEL HONORED
The BTEA’s 2011 Safety Conference also saw Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano formally recognize the Construction Site Fire Safety Manager Creation Panel on behalf of the FDNY. The Construction Site Fire Safety Manager (CSFSM) position, written into the 2008 Fire Code update, mandates a CSFSM on construction sites where a Site Safety Manager is required. As the Site Safety Manager is licensed with the New York City Department of Buildings, the CSFSM is a FDNY Certificate of Fitness (S- 56) license holder.
The recognized panel was credited with creating the mandatory Certificate of Fitness course curriculum as well as the graduation and certification tests. Panel members included: Joel Pickering and Mike Bielawa of Lend Lease; Jeff Hutchens, Turner Construction Company; Miguel Padin, Tishman Construction; Carol Karlin, New York Fire Safety Academy; Battalion Chief Eugene Carty, Steve Ertrachter, Elsa Ayra, FDNY; and Peter Langanhan.
CONGRESS REPEALS AND PRESIDENT SIGNS 3 PERCENT WITHHOLDING BILL
President Obama recently signed legislation repealing a controversial law that would have required federal, state and local governments with total annual expenditures of $100 million or more to withhold 3% of certain payments for contracted goods and services to contractors and vendors. This legislation also contains an amendment that expands and extends tax credits for companies that hire long term, unemployed veterans with service connected disabilities.
The BTEA advocated for the enactment of this legislation with members of New York’s congressional delegation.