‘Zero Tolerance’ crackdown by Buildings Department leads to flood of safety violations citywide

A citywide crackdown on construction sites sparked by seven fatalities in the first five months of 2021 produced more than 3,600 safety violations and nearly 1,500 stop-work orders, said Buildings Commissioner Melanie La Rocca.

The “zero tolerance” program conducted sweeps at roughly 7,500 building construction sites since its June 1 launch, with not a single fatal workplace accident reported in the city since then, she said.

According to La Rocca, the inspections done during the campaign were in addition to the usual hundreds of thousands of regular enforcement visits conducted year-round.

A citywide crackdown on construction sites sparked by seven fatalities in the first five months of 2021 produced more than 3,600 safety violations and nearly 1,500 stop-work orders, said Buildings Commissioner Melanie La Rocca.

The “zero tolerance” program conducted sweeps at roughly 7,500 building construction sites since its June 1 […]

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