Spurred by the deaths of two construction workers in less than two months, the city buildings commissioner called Monday for legislation to license concrete contractors.
"The construction industry in general and concrete operations in particular need more regulation," Commissioner Patricia Lancaster told a City Council hearing on building safety.
Buildings commish calls for legislation to license concrete contractors
Lancaster cited a concrete worker killed at the Trump hotel-condominium in Spring St. in SoHo on Jan. 14 and Wednesday's death of a concrete worker in a fall from a building on Clinton Ave. in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
With the number of accidents at high-rise buildings growing faster than the number of construction sites, the Buildings Department has come under increasing fire to track problem contractors and hold them responsible.
Under Lancaster's proposal, both general contractors and concrete contractors would be required to register with the Buildings Department and to pay any fines before their registration would be renewed.