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Month: April 2017

Federal repeal of ‘blacklisting rule’ could affect worker safety

During the last administration, workers’ rights groups and unions pushed for a rule to protect workers. This rule, enacted in 2015, was often referred to as the “blacklisting rule.” It required that any company bidding on federal projects with budgets above half a million dollars to report violations of fourteen critical worker safety and labor …

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Fatal Fall at Times Square Construction Site Was Preventable

Jose Cruz, a 59-year-old construction worker from Sunset Park, died on Wednesday, April 12, after falling from an I-beam at 1604 Broadway (near W. 49th Street). As NYC Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler informed reporters that the fall was “completely preventable” and that Cruz should have had “tie offs with his personal protection equipment, which he …

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