New York City Department of Buildings has issued 550 Covid-19 violations on construction sites since July

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« We remain committed to ensuring the safety of our fellow New Yorkers and are pleased that the vast majority of construction sites in our city have implemented our new strict health regulations, ”DOB spokesperson Andrew Rudansky said in a statement.There were 213 violations in the Brooklyn projects, 167 in Manhattan, 124 in Queens, 42 in the Bronx and four in Staten Island.

The DOB has issued its highest number of violations on the first day of inspections, July 8, by distributing 30 of them. It issued 29 on July 9 and has not exceeded that number since then, coming closest on August 17, with 26 violations. The DOB, which issued no violations on August 4 or 10, has issued an average of about 13 per day since the inspections began.

The vast majority of sites only had one violation. There were four, however, on September 2 in 169 Hudson St., a luxury residential property in Tribeca, also known as the Roebling Building.

Workers were doing a large interior remodeling project on the second floor and did not have a designated safety monitor, Covid-19 communication plan, cleaning log and contract tracking, or proper signage on elevators, said the DOB.

Employers and contractors can be fined up to $ 5,000 if they are caught violating Covid-19 safety protocols.

Lou Coletti, president of the Building Trades Employers Association, said he was happy with the overall number of violations, describing them as « reflects the seriousness that industry and the DOB take in complying with Covid-19 protocols. ”

Carlo Scissura, president of the New York Building Congress, also touted the industry’s compliance rate, as did Gary LaBarbera, president of the Building and Construction Trades Council.

“The health and safety compliance at the city’s construction sites has been extraordinary,« Dit LaBarbera.

Clarification, September 4, 2020: An earlier version of this story stated that workers could be fined up to $ 5,000 if caught violating Covid-19 safety protocols. Employers or contractors would be fined, not individual workers.

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