Worker Safety

Responsible contractors invest in state-approved workers’ training programs.





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.

NYC Construction Worker Deaths Tripled in 2012

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there were 21 on-the- job construction worker deaths in the past year, more than tripling the six deaths in the previous year.

Shareholder Group Claims Starwood Property Trust Board Lacks Independent Directors

On March 27, 2013 a group of Starwood Property Trust (STWD) shareholders sent a letter to the Board of Directors advocating for greater independence on STWD’s Board.


Thousands Rally For Responsible Development

Thousands of workers rallied on 8th Avenue near 54th Street on February 26 to show support for the recently launched Build Up NYC campaign.