All construction workers are at risk of suffering serious or fatal injuries, but some specialized workers are at even greater risk of an accident. For example, New York iron and steel workers risk falls from heights, hot work injuries, and other bodily harm as they erect the framework for skyscrapers and bridges. If the safety regulations set by state and local authorities are not followed to the letter, workers may be able to file a claim to recover their past and future losses.
Section 23 Regulations for Structural Steel Assembly on Construction Sites
NY Labor Law 241 requires owners and contractors to make construction sites as safe as possible for workers. Under Section 241(6), owners and contractors have a duty to comply with any rules made by the Commissioner of the Department of Labor to carry out the provisions of the law.
The Department of Labor has created specific construction safety rules in Part 23 of the New York Industrial Code to protect people employed in construction, demolition or excavation work. Part 23-2.3 dictates how employers should protect employees during work involving structural steel.
Part 23 requirements for structural steel assembly include the following provisions:
Safe placing of the structural steel members.
When the final placing of structural steel members is in progress, loads must not be released from hoisting ropes until all members have been securely fastened in place. Structural steel members must not be forced into place by hoisting machines when any employee, worker, or other person is in the area where injury could occur.
Safe placing of open web steel joists.
If open web steel joists are hoisted singly, they must be transferred from their place of storage directly to their permanent location. These loads must not be released from the hoisting rope until they have been secured against dislodgment, and bundles of these joists must be placed in a way that prevents accidental dislodgment while being hoisted. The individual joists must be distributed to and securely placed in their permanent positions immediately upon the release of the ties or straps from the bundle.
No loads may be placed on open web steel joists unless the joists have been permanently located and secured, including the installation of required bridging.
Integrity of structural steel members.
No load-bearing structural steel member may be materially weakened by holing, cutting, or by any other means except in accordance with the advice of the designer or a professional engineer licensed to practice in the State of New York.
If steel panels or structural steel members are being hoisted, tag lines must be provided and used to prevent swaying, swinging, or other uncontrolled movement of these panels or members.
Erection of lintels.
If exterior metal lintels are to be erected in steel or concrete frame buildings (or other structures) after the permanent floors have been installed, a suitable scaffold must be constructed and installed in compliance with this Part. An appropriate scaffold must be provided and used unless each person engaged in the work of erecting such lintels is provided with and wears an approved safety belt or harness in compliance with this Part.
Suspension of tandem loads from the boom or hook of any crane or derrick over any area or location where persons regularly or occasionally work or pass is prohibited.
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