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Industry puts safety front and center during national awareness effort

New York City’s construction industry threw its might into Construction Safety Week earlier this month. Here’s a look at some of the events that took place:

Department of Buildings staff visited construction sites to promote safety during our annual multi-lingual Experience is Not Enough campaign. “Our highest priority is to promote safe worksites and protect the public, a responsibility we take very seriously,” said Acting Buildings Commissioner Thomas Fariello.

“No building is worth a life, and that’s a belief every person in the development industry should keep in mind whenever they step onto a construction site.”

DOB Inspector on site

The development team for Fortis Property Group’s 30 Front Street in Brooklyn gathered for a learning session on safety .

Shawmut spent the week educating staff to train and manage safety techniques and protocols – more than 25,600 attendees participated in 558 events and training sessions across 111 locations.

Shawmut Vice President of Safety Shaun Carvalho tested out the EksoZeroG, a robotic arm that holds heavy tools on aerial work platforms and scaffolding.

Teams in the Boston and Los Angeles offices also tried the EksoVest, an upper body exoskeleton that elevates and supports workers’ arms, assisting with tasks ranging from chest height to overheard.

Shawmut CEO Les Hiscoe tested the ASSP VR Fall Protection Experience, fall hazard training that mirrors an actual environment without the potential danger. Users identify fall hazards while virtually navigating a two-story roof.

CUNY Graduate Center hosted a panel discussion on Construction Safety Innovations and Best Practices. Carl Oliveri, a partner at Grassi & Co. moderated a discussion featuring EW Howell safety director George Grauer, Philip Zazzera, vice president of Environmental, Health & safety at Pizzarotti, Marianne Santarelli, safety director at Gilbane Building Company and Louis Cendagorta, chief inspector of CDA and Suppression Units for the Fire Department of New York.

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