Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is asking the New York City City Council to add a requirement to the package of construction safety legislation it is considering. ABC wants the Council to mandate drug and alcohol testing for all city construction workers.
"It would be strange to pass worksite safety legislation while ignoring such a major negative factor in the industry,” wrote Brian Sampson, president of the group’s New York chapter. "“Let us not forget that this kind of testing is commonly found in other fields – many of which are far less dangerous than the construction industry," he added.
However, the Building and Construction Trades Council says that none of the 33 construction worker deaths since 2015 involved alcohol or drug use.
Mark-Viverito’s spokeswoman said she’d review the proposal.