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Workers get ahead of danger

Hunter Roberts Construction Group announced that all employees on active job sites have completed the certifications required by Local Law 196 well in advance of the December 1, 2019 deadline.

While the law requires only a few designated supervisors to have the full certification, Hunter Roberts is ensuring all of its active job site employees receive certification to maximize safety on projects.

Local Law 196 is an initiative spearheaded by the New York City government to make construction sites safer over three separate phases starting in 2017 and ending in 2020.

Each job site must designate a construction superintendent, site safety coordinator or site safety manager to complete a 30-hour OSHA Safety Certification, an eight-hour Fall Prevention Class, an eight-hour Site Safety Manager Refresher Class, a four-hour Supported Scaffold Class, a two-hour Drug and Alcohol Awareness Class, a two-hour Pre-Task Planning Class, a two-hour Site Safety Plan Class, a two-hour Toolbox Talks class, two one-hour General Elective Classes, and two one-hour Specialized Elective Classes.

“We believe it is of the upmost importance that all active job site members have full safety certification,” said Kevin Barrett, Executive Vice President, Hunter Roberts Construction Group. “With all employees vigilant and trained, we can help achieve safer job sites for our people, trade contractor personnel and visitors.”

In addition to their push for widespread safety, Hunter Roberts is utilizing new safety videos available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Russian and Mandarin to inform as many workers as possible.

Hunter Roberts has also implemented pictogram cards on job sites. The cards depict easily understood safety images to remove the language barrier and help keep everyone safe, regardless of background.

“By breaking down language barriers and increasing safety training, Hunter Roberts is actively creating more cohesive and reliable job sites,” Shane Skennoto, Vice President of Safety, Hunter Roberts.

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