Worker Safety

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Workers and advocates lay flowers in memory of New York City workers who died in preventable accidents on the job last year.


Groups of workers commemorated Workers’ Memorial Day in Queens and Manhattan today by remembering workers who lost their lives over the last year and pledged to work for workplace safety rules and standards to improve working conditions across the city. Gathering at daybreak at Queens Plaza North & 29th Street, near the intersection of Queens Blvd & Northern Blvd, dozens of…

NYCOSH Executive Director Charlene Obernauer describing the Astoria Cove construction site during a community inspection

Elected Officials, BUNYC Activists and Neighbors Perform Community Inspection of Astoria Cove Lot

The proposed Astoria Cove development site promised much in the way of community benefits for its neighbors and jobs with family sustaining wages and benefits for the construction and service workers that were to build and operate the development.  However, it has become a source of frustration to its neighbors who complain about the trash-strewn lot with buildings in various…

Residents say they've tried everything to get the city to resolve their troubles with the dump site — to no avail. (DEBBIE EGAN-CHIN/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: “Waterfront dump site a nightmare for Queens residents who say lot is toxic”

From the New York Daily News: By GINGER ADAMS OTIS, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | Saturday, April 1, 2017 When Jeannie Ortiz was growing up, the vacant waterfront lot behind her apartment in Queens was a leafy, tree-filled haven. Now it’s a trash-strewn lot full of construction debris — and under investigation by the state for its alleged use as…


Join us for Learning Day on Wednesday, January 14!

Join Build Up NYC and Councilman Costa Constantinides, Urban Upbound, Astoria Houses Tenant Association, Queensbridge Tenant Association and Ravenswood Tenant Association on Wednesday, January 14 for a Learning Day in our community. Learn about new opportunities for careers in construction, building operations, security and the hotel industry. Representatives from construction pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs, 32BJ SEIU and the Hotel Trades Council will be on hand to answer questions about work in their industries.


Report Release at Walker Tower Highlights Huge Costs of Workplace Injuries

Public Citizen, a public advocacy organization focused on workplace safety, joined construction workers on Tuesday outside of Walker Tower to talk about the high cost of private sector workplace injuries to the New York State economy.


Vigil Outside Starwood Capital/JDS Development’s Walker Tower in Honor of Injured Workers at Stella Tower

More than a dozen workplace safety advocates joined Build Up NYC on Thursday outside Walker Tower, JDS Development Group CEO Michael Stern’s home, in honor of two workers known to have been injured on the job at Stella Tower in the past two months.


 NYC Council Members Join Hundreds in Rally for Safe Jobs Act

City Council Members joined hundreds of Build Up NYC members and allies in a rally today in a show of growing support for passage of the Safe Jobs Act (Intro. 1169) requiring developers that benefit from public investment to provide good, safe jobs and develop responsibly.


NYC Inspectors Shut Down Construction at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Construction work was halted yesterday by New York City Department of Buildings Inspectors on Starwood Capital’s luxury hotel and condo project in Brooklyn Bridge Park when a water main was hit during excavation.

Construction Deaths Are Avoidable

The recent deaths of six people and injury of 13 others in a Philadelphia building collapse bring home the reality of the dangers faced every day by construction workers and those who live or work near construction sites.

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Quinn, Liu, Levin Join Thousands in Rally for Legislation to Create Good Jobs when Public Invests in Private Development

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, NYC Comptroller John Liu, Council Member Stephen Levin and other elected officials joined thousands of Build Up NYC members at a rally today calling for the City Council to enact legislation requiring developers that benefit from public investment to provide good jobs and develop responsibly.