Boston Begins Requiring Contractors to File and Vow to Implement Site Safety Plans
Starting December 1, the city of Boston will require construction and demolition contractors to submit site-specific safety plans and affirm their adherence to these plans.
This requirement is a result of Boston’s implementation of a new safe construction ordinance, established following fatal construction accidents in the city.
The ordinance mandates that construction and demolition sites seeking permits with the Inspectional Services Department (ISD) must submit safety plans, conduct pre-shift safety meetings, and appoint site safety coordinators.
ISD now has enforcement capabilities, including issuing violations, stopping work, revoking permits, and imposing fines of up to $300 on non-compliant parties. The city is also providing webinars and free OSHA 30-hour health and safety training to inform and educate permit applicants and contractors on the new requirements.